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News and Updates

  • HIV: Then and Now
    In this presentation from June 27, 2024, in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, experts from the Mass General Sexual Health Clinic, a Division of Infectious Diseases, discuss how HIV has changed over the years. They briefly overview its controversial and devastating history, discuss how treatment has been a game changer, and then focus on screening and prevention. Watch now.
  • In the News
    Kevin Ard, MD on Mpox vaccinations
    Local doctors push for more mpox vaccination as virus appears to be on the rise | GBH (wgbh.org)

  • The MGH Age Positively Program
    Are you age 50 or older and living with HIV? Do you have questions about aging and your health? The Massachusetts General Hospital Age Positively Program works to help people living with HIV diagnose and navigate chronic conditions and help position them for a positive aging experience. The program is a partnership between our Infectious Disease and Geriatrics teams. Learn more at the Mass General Age Positively Program website.
  • Mpox (formerly known as monkeypox), Updates, and Links
    April 9, 2024

    We believe and the science shows that one of the best ways to protect yourself against mpox is through vaccination. Mpox Vaccination is a 2-dose series with the second dose administered 28 days after the first dose. If you have received two doses of the mpox vaccine, you do not need to be vaccinated now. If, however, you have received one dose of the mpox vaccine, we recommend that you come in for your second dose.  If you have not been vaccinated at all against mpox, we strongly recommend that you consider being vaccinated. People who live and/or work in Massachusetts who meet one or more of the following descriptions are eligible to receive the mpox vaccine:

    • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, transgender, gender non-conforming, or nonbinary people who:
      • Have had a diagnosis of or have sought testing for one or more sexually transmitted diseases (i.e., chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis) in the past year
      • Are living with HIV infection
      • Are on or are eligible to be on HIV PrEP
      • Have recently had more than one sex partner
    • People who :
      • Have had sex at a private or commercial sex venue (e.g. sex party. bathhouse)
      • Have had sex in association with a large public event (e.g. rave, circuit party) in a geographic area where mpox transmission is occurring
    • Sexual partners of people with the above risks
    • People who anticipate experiencing the above risks

    The MGH Sexual Health Clinic is vaccinating patients against mpox. To make an appointment for the vaccine, please call us at 617-726-2748.

    Please check out the following resources which provide great information about mpox, prevention, care and treatment
    Mpox: FAQs for Patients | Mass General Brigham
    Mpox vaccination | Mass.gov.
    - From the Center for Disease Control:  5 Things Sexually Active People Need to Know About mpox - YouTube
    -The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently changed the preferred name of monkeypox to mpox. You may read about this change here: WHO recommends new name for monkeypox disease



About the Program

For more than 60 years, the Sexual Health Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital has provided screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Services are provided in a confidential setting by a professional staff trained in the area of sexually transmitted infections. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age or insurance status.

The Sexual Health Clinic offers the following services for adolescents and adults:

  • Evaluation and treatment for sexually transmitted infection including: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes infections (HSV), genital warts - Human papilloma virus (HPV), molluscum, scabies and vaginitis
  • Evaluation, testing, and treatment of Mpox
  • Testing for the human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV)
  • Initiation of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV) in both pill and injectable forms.
  • Counseling on prevention of HIV infection
  • Testing for Hepatitis C
  • Vaccinations for sexually transmitted infections
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP) after a sexual exposure to HIV
  • Doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis for STIs (aka Doxy PEP)
  • Information and literature regarding sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices

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The Sexual Health Clinic (SHC) at the Massachusetts General Hospital is a growing, vibrant practice that provides excellent patient-centered clinical care. We are committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This commitment applies to staff members at all levels as well as the patient populations we care for.