Temporary Service Changes, Office Closures, and Event Cancellations

You're adjusting your life to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We're adjusting our services to help you stay healthy from home.

Changes in Services

The following is a list of adjustments we’ve made to our programming and services in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infections.

Medical & Psychiatry Services

  • Sick Visits: If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please call us for a phone evaluation. Our care team will provide guidance on your next steps for treatment.
  • Well Visits: We are now conducting most medical visits through TeleHealth. You will use your mobile device or camera-equipped computer to meet with your provider. Please call your Equitas Health Medical Center to schedule a new appointment or to change an existing appointment to TeleHealth. Click here for Equitas Health Medical Center locations.

Mental Health Counseling

We are now conducting most counseling visits by phone or video call.

  • Current Clients: Your therapist will contact you to make arrangements to switch to phone or video appointments. If you do not have regular access to a phone, please contact us to discuss alternate options for care.
  • New Clients: Your first appointment will be either in person on a video call.

Pharmacy

Please make use of the following services in order to reduce COVID-19 transmissions.

  • Free delivery* of prescriptions and select over-the-counter medicines. (Some restrictions apply.)
  • Call the pharmacy from your car when you arrive for pick up. We can bring your prescription to you.
  • Express pick-up lane for patients who are 60 years and older, pregnant, or have chronic health conditions.

Dental

Dental Services at our Columbus-King-Lincoln and Dayton locations are now offering limited TeleHealth and in-person preventative and restorative care appointments in addition to emergency services. Please see our Dentistry page for an updated list of available services.

HIV/STI Testing

We are currently offering testing ONLY at the following Equitas Health locations and only by appointment (with the exception of drop-in testing at Dayton Medical Center).

  • Columbus—Clintonville: HIV/STI testing MON-FRI by appointment only
  • Dayton Medical Center: HIV testing THURS, 9AM-4PM, drop-in

We have temporarily stopped offering testing services at all other Equitas Health locations.

You are #healthworthy: Refresh our safer sex skills at OHIV.org or by calling our HIV/STI experts at 1-800-332-2437.

STI Treatment – Sexual Health Clinics

Temporary changes to our sexual health clinics at King-Lincoln Medical Center and Short North Medical Center:

  • STI treatment only (no testing)
  • Treatment is by appointment only
  • Treatment is for people with a positive STI test result or presenting symptoms

HIV Housing & Case Management

Our Medical and Housing Case Managers are currently conducting most appointments by phone. If you are a current Equitas Health client, please contact your case manager through their direct phone line or email. For other questions or assistance please contact us at one of the following phone numbers.

Akron Office | (330) 794-5289

Athens Office | 740-529-0018

Canton Office | (330) 794-5289

Columbus – Clintonville Office | (614) 299-2437

Dayton – Kuhns Building Office | (937) 461-2437

Lima Office | (419)-241-9444

Mansfield Office | (419)-241-9444

Newark Office | (740) 281-5210

Portsmouth Office | (740) 529-0018

Toledo Ohio | (419) 241-9444

Youngstown Office | (330) 794-5289

Support Groups

All Equitas Health support groups and events scheduled through the end of July, 2020 have either been cancelled or moved to a virtual platform. Please check back here for updates beyond July.

The Columbus and Dayton Tuesdays without Tina groups will be held concurrently on Tuesday evenings at 8PM on GoToMeeting. Please join us:

The In Transition group will be held Tuesdays at 4PM on GoToMeeting. Please join us:

 

All other support groups have been canceled through July, 2020.

 

Name and Gender Change Legal Clinics

Our upcoming Name & Gender Change Legal Clinics will be conducted via video-conference for the foreseeable future. You’ll be able to talk to a trained lawyer over the phone or through Zoom about the name and gender marker process.

Pre-registration is required at least 24 hours in advance of the virtual legal clinic.  Please pre-register here.

If you experience issues accessing the registration form, please email legalclinics@equitashealth.com, and the legal clinic coordinator will reach out to find an accessible alternative.

 

Upcoming Name and Gender Change Legal Clinics:

  • Tuesday, April 14 | 6-8 PM

 

Please check back here for information about changes to future Name and Gender Change Legal Clinics.

Free Condom Delivery

People who participate in our free condom program through OHIV.org should expect delays in the coming weeks. Please plan accordingly. *wink*

 Safe Point (Columbus)

Safe Point is offering an expedited version of its syringe exchange services, which will be conducted through a service window. Safe Point will not be conducting HIV/STI or Hep-C testing until further notice.

Safe Point syringe exchange hours as of May 11, 2020 are:

  • TUES 4 – 8 PM
  • WED 4 – 8 PM
  • SAT 9 AM – 1 PM

Event Cancellations/Postponements

AIDS Walk Ohio

The 2020 Robert J. Fass AIDS Walk Ohio will be a virtual experience.

How you can participate:

  • Do Something! Register for #AWO20 com (And get your AWO t-shirt in the mail.)
  • Fight Stigma! Share U=U facts on social media and raise awareness about the current era of HIV.
  • Raise Critical Funds! Use email and social media to invite friends and family to donate to #AWO20 in support of HIV advocacy, housing, treatment, and prevention services.
  • Beat Social Isolation! Participate in the #AWO20 Virtual Year Challenge: A fun way to stay active during self-isolation and raise awareness for HIV/AIDS. Stay tuned for more details.

And join us on Saturday, April 11, 2020 for a AIDS Walk Ohio 2020 Live-Stream Gathering on the AWO Facebook Page:

  • Video performances from our Co-Chairs Anisa Love and Virginia West
  • Remarks from Bill Hardy, President & CEO of Equitas Health.

Healthcare at the Intersections: Dismantling Racial, Economic, and LGBTQ+ Health Disparities

This one-day symposium scheduled to take place on April 24 at Xavier University in Cincinnati has been cancelled. We look forward to rescheduling at a later date. Please visit equitashealthinstitute.com for updates.


Office Closures

Mozaic (Columbus)

The Mozaic community wellness space will be closed until further notice beginning Wednesday, March 25.

Prevention and HIV Support Service Locations

The following Equitas Health prevention and HIV Support Service locations are closed until further notice. Staff members are still working. Please call or email them directly, or use the general phone numbers below for further assistance.

Akron Office | (330) 794-5289

Athens Office | 740-529-0018

Canton | (330) 794-5289

Dayton – Kuhn’s Building Office | (937) 461-2437

Lima Office | (419)-241-9444

Mansfield Office | (419)-241-9444

Newark Office | (740) 281-5210

Portsmouth Office | (740) 529-0018

Toledo Office | (419)-241-9444

Youngstown Office | (330) 794-5289

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