One Brooklyn Health is committed to making HIV care and treatment accessible for members of our community. Access to HIV medical care and treatment (antiretroviral therapy or ART) is critical to people with HIV. At One Brooklyn Health, our experienced healthcare team will help you manage your care and treatment. In addition, we provide HIV treatment services at Interfaith Medical Center's Primary Care Center for HIV & Infectious Disease and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center's Outpatient Specialty Center. Our healthcare professionals, committed to ensuring optimal health outcomes for HIV patients, lend ongoing support, education, and advocacy.
In addition, the STAR Health Center at the Brookdale campus offers specialized care for HIV disease by healthcare professionals experienced in meeting your medical, social and mental health needs. Our healthcare team creates and collaborates with you to ensure optimal healthcare outcomes. The STAR Health Center is a New York State Designated AIDS Center (DAC). All of our primary care providers meet the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute criteria as HIV Specialty Providers.
We provide confidential HIV testing on-site in the STAR Health Center via rapid testing (preliminary results in 20 minutes).
If you are HIV positive and your partner is HIV negative, you want to protect him/her from acquiring HIV infection. Of course, you should continue to use condoms, but your partner may also be interested in receiving pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP at the STAR Health Center. PrEP can help keep your partner HIV-negative by taking a pill every day.
Through its targeted research in women and HIV, SUNY Downstate Medical Center has been a national leader in the care of HIV in women since the early 1990s. Routine gynecologic (GYN) care is part of the primary care in the STAR Health Center. Three trained providers perform colposcopies to closely examine the vagina and cervix when Pap test results are abnormal. A gynecologic oncologist provides consultation on-site when further evaluation and treatment are needed.
The STAR Health Center addresses family needs in HIV care. We provide coordinated obstetrical and HIV care from a prenatal care provider that has extensive experience in HIV. Your STAR OB and PCP have access to your electronic health record to coordinate your care. A designated family case manager will work with you to ensure the well-being of your entire family, including HIV-exposed infants and your HIV-negative children. In addition, HIV-positive young adults transitioning from the HEAT Program’s adolescent clinic to adult care at the STAR Health Center receive specialized medical and mental health care from designated providers.
The STAR Health Center’s Adherence Education Program builds collaboration between you and your healthcare team, empowering you to improve your health and self-manage. We work with you to integrate cultural aspects of your beliefs into developing personalized health plans to reduce barriers and encourage adherence to medication regimens and maintenance. We can also partner with a trained peer educator to provide ongoing support and education. A clinical pharmacist can meet with you in the health center for additional instruction and support.
Our NYS-registered dietician will provide you with nutritional education and counseling so you can set nutritional goals for good health. In addition, you will receive help with menu planning, food selection & preparation, recipe modification & education regarding food/drug interactions.
STAR Health Center case managers assist you in obtaining benefits and social services. They help you enroll in Medicaid or insurance plans. They ensure prior approvals from insurance plans for all services to provide comprehensive care. They help you obtain transportation to your appointments. They also connect you with other agencies to ensure you receive housing, legal assistance, adult education, vocational training and recovery services to ensure comprehensive care.
If you have difficulty keeping your medical appointments or sticking with your medication schedule, this can dramatically affect your health outcomes. You may benefit from specialized services in the STAR Health Center to provide you with additional support. The STAR Health Center will assign you a Patient Navigator who will encourage you to maintain your care by visiting you at home, providing you with education about your medications, and providing you with ongoing support. We may even come to your home daily to remind you to take your medications.
The STAR Health Center offers evaluation, ongoing treatment and mental health medication management from NYS-licensed mental health providers. We also provide individual and family counseling from experienced counselors in your home. If grief, fear, stigma, or isolation make it difficult for you to remain engaged in care and treatment, this may be a good option. We will work with you on any barriers to care, including family problems and substance use. If you are unstably housed or do not want to meet us in your home, we can also meet you in the community to help you explore your options for more stability.