Programs

PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) Access

If you are a resident of Boward County, Florida, you qualify for access to PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) through Cheer Health. The use of PrEP reduces the chance of contracting HIV from unprotected sex or injected drug use. PrEP can be given in the form of pills or shots. When taken as prescribed, it is about 99% effective in preventing HIV from sex. Consider using PrEP if you have a partner with HIV, have unprotected sex, or have had an STD in the past six months.

Call Cheer Health today to learn about how to access PrEP. Remember, we never turn someone away because of an inability to pay.

For more information on PrEP, visit the CDC’s website at:
https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html


PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Access

Residents of Boward County, Florida have access to PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) through services at Cheer Health. If you think you have been exposed to HIV, the use of PEP may be an option for you. PEP is most effective if taken within 72 hours of HIV exposure. HIV exposure can happen through unprotected sex, sharing needles, or exposure to HIV-infected blood.

For more information on how to access PEP through Cheer Health, call us today. Remember, we never turn someone away because of an inability to pay.

If you want to learn more about PEP, visit the CDC’s website at:
https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/pep/about-pep.html


Hepatitis C Testing

Cheer Health offers free Hepatitis C testing for residents of Boward County, Florida. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver. Without treatment, it can lead to long-term health problems including cancer of the liver and liver damage. Hepatitis C is spread through contact with blood, such as shared needles or unprotected sex. To prevent the spread of Hepatitis C, never share needles, always have protected sex, and make sure tattoo and piercing equipment have been sterilized.

If you think you have been exposed to Hepatitis C, contact Cheer Health as soon as possible for your free Hepatitis C test. Remember, we never turn someone away because of an inability to pay.

For more information on Hepatitis C, visit the CDC’s website at:
https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/index.htm


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is charged with improving the quality and availability of treatment and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and the cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.

Learn more at samsha.gov


Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA)

Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA) was created in 1999 to reach HIV-infected pregnant women or high risk pregnant women who are not receiving services. The TOPWA programs assist under-served women in accessing the medical or social services needed to lower their risk of HIV infection or substance abuse. TOPWA outreach workers go into untraditional venues/locations in high risk communities to identify and enroll HIV-infected or substance-abusing pregnant who have not yet accessed adequate care and treatment.

Learn more at floridahealth.gov.


Health Connect in our Schools

Cheer Health Centers facilitate basic health care services to students in public schools. Services include screenings and assessments to follow up care, mental and behavioral health services, nutrition and health counseling, access to a regular primary care physician, emergency first aid/CPR, chronic disease management and primary health services for uninsured students with no other options or access to healthcare.