At Valley's Center for LGBTQ+ Care, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and affirming healthcare services that promote the health and well-being of all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Valley Approach to LGBTQ+ Care

Our approach to care follows the sex-positive, status neutral approach. Status neutral refers to an inclusive and respectful approach to healthcare for everyone, regardless of HIV status or risk level. We aim to normalize conversations around sexual health, and create a safe and inviting environment for all patients. The Center for LGBTQ+ Care offers inclusive and respectful healthcare, emphasizing openness, and non-judgmental support.

Our compassionate team, comprised of Raffaele M. Bernardo, DO, Medical Director of LGBTQ+ Services for Valley Medical Group, physician specialists, and certified medical assistants, ensures a safe and welcoming environment for all patients, providing care to meet individual needs and break down barriers to healthcare access.

Services Offered

At the Center for LGBTQ+ Care, we offer a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the unique healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ community:

Primary Care

Our primary care services are designed to address your general healthcare needs, including preventive screenings, management of chronic conditions, and routine check-ups. Our providers are trained to understand the specific health concerns and risk factors that may affect LGBTQ+ individuals. If necessary, we will refer you to specialists outside of the center who have the skills and experience in working with the LGBTQ+ community.

Gynecologic Services

We offer specialized gynecologic care designed to meet the needs of individuals who may have unique reproductive health concerns or require gender-affirming care. Our gynecologists provide comprehensive exams, screenings, and treatments in a supportive and respectful manner.

Sexual Health

Our sexual health services encompass a wide range of preventive care, testing, and treatment options for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We offer confidential testing, counseling, and support to help you maintain optimal sexual health. In addition, we provide a range of vaccinations such as HPV-9, HAV/HBV, MenACWY, and MPXV. Other sexual health services include collaborative care for reproductive health and fertility interventions.

HIV Testing and Prevention

We provide confidential HIV testing and prevention services, along with education and resources for HIV prevention. We offer both post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) as well as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. In addition, we also offer rapid, same-day HIV tests with results available within 20 minutes. Our goal is to empower individuals to take control of their sexual health and reduce the risk of HIV transmission.

HIV Treatment

For individuals living with HIV, we offer comprehensive care, including the management of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and HIV-related conditions. We work hard to understand your needs and provide personalized treatment plans to support your overall health and well-being.

Transgender Care

Our transgender care services are designed to support individuals on their gender-affirming journey. This includes access to gender-affirming hormone therapy, referrals to experienced surgeons for gender-affirming surgeries, and assistance with navigating legal documentation changes.

  • Gender-affirming hormone therapy: Our providers offer hormone therapy options to meet your specific needs and goals for gender transition. We work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your gender identity.
  • Surgical referrals: We can facilitate referrals and letters of support to experienced surgeons who specialize in gender-affirming surgeries, including procedures such as chest reconstruction (top surgery), genital reconstruction (bottom surgery), and facial feminization or masculinization surgery.
  • Legal services: Our center can provide guidance and support in navigating legal processes related to gender transition, such as name changes and updating gender markers on identification documents.

Behavioral Health

Mental health and emotional well-being are essential components of overall health. Our team will connect you with appropriate behavioral health services that are tailored to the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Why Choose Valley for LGBTQ+ Care?

  • A comprehensive program, right under one roof: Valley’s Center for LGBTQ+ Care is a comprehensive program that has everything you need. Whether you need primary care, services surrounding sexual health, or transgender care, we can provide it all. There is no need to visit multiple offices.
  • A welcoming environment for all: At our center, we prioritize creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere where every individual feels accepted, respected, and valued. You can trust that our team will provide compassionate care and support, free from judgment or discrimination.
  • Commitment to care: We are committed to connecting you with the resources and services you need, ensuring you receive comprehensive and coordinated care that meets your unique needs and preferences.