Blue Star Health Works for you !

BlueStar Health offers a variety of healthcare services in a judgment-free setting meant to empower individuals to take control of their health and well-being through HIV and STD screening as well as education and counseling on the preventative treatment options that are available to the local community. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit healthcare organization that puts patient’s needs first. At BlueStar Health, we have a dedicated team of healthcare professionals including educators, case managers, medical providers and a friendly administrative staff who focus on finding ways to facilitate and encourage HIV/STD testing, prevention, and treatment.

WHAT WE DO



TESTING

HIV testing is recommended as part of routine health care. FREE, confidential, and fast HIV testing is available across the U.S. Most places also offer other STD testing.

COUNSELING

The most effective way of eliminating or reducing the incidence of disease is through prevention strategies. Educating individuals about the various forms of protection when engaging in sexual activity is imperative in preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Counseling involves recognizing risk factors that may be putting individuals at a greater risk of acquiring HIV and/or STDs and ways to reduce those risks.

PREVENTION

For those who do not have HIV, PrEP, a once daily pill available by prescription, offers another powerful means of protection. Most people pay little or nothing for PrEP

TREATMENT

Early detection and treatment of HIV, Hepatitis C and other STDs provide significant health benefits and outcomes for the individuals affected. Prompt treatment of certain viral infections can reduce viral loads to low or even undetectable levels.

COMBATING STIGMA CREATING HOPE & HEALING

THE MISSION OF BLUE STAR HEALTH IS TO INSPIRE AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THOSE AFFECTED BY HIV, HEPATITIS C, AND OTHER SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES BY PROVIDING THE BEST CARE THROUGH
OUTREACH, INTEGRATED CLINICAL PRACTICE, ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, AND RESEARCH.

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MOST COMMONS STDs

STDs are infections that spread from one person to another primarily through sexual contact including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Some STDs are quite common and
many people may not even experience or show symptoms of infection. If left untreated, STDs can lead to more serious health problems. Thankfully, through screening
and early detection, most STDs can be treated safe and effectively.

GONORRHEA

Gonorrhea is a common STD caused by a bacterial infection. People with gonorrhea may not exhibit symptoms, so screening and early detection are key to clearing the infection with prompt antibiotic treatment.

HERPES

Herpes is a common STD that can affect your mouth or genitals often causing blistery sores. Although there is no cure, symptoms and duration of outbreaks may be reduced with treatment.

SYPHILIS

Syphilis is a common bacterial infection that can resolve with antibiotics but can be dangerous if left untreated.

HIV & AIDS

HIV is an infection that breaks down your immune system and can lead to AIDS. There’s no cure, but treatment can help you stay healthy.

HEPATITIS C

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that if left untreated can cause severe liver disease or cancer. It is a bloodborne infection most commonly spread through IV drug use and anal sex

CHLAMYDIA

Chlamydia is a common STD caused by a bacterial infection. People with chlamydia may not exhibit symptoms, so screening and early detection are key to clearing the infection with prompt antibiotic treatment.

FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Number of cases reported in the U.S. in 2019


SYPHILIS

GONORRHEA

CHLAMYDIA

HEPATITIS C

Oral HIV Prevention

The once-daily pill reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%.

 What is PrEP?

One Pill Once a Day

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is medicine taken to prevent getting HIV. PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV when taken as prescribed.

PrEP is less effective when not taken as prescribed. Since PrEP only protects against HIV, condom use is still important for the protection against other STDs. Condom use is also important to help prevent HIV if PrEP is not taken as prescribed.


  • PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%.
  • PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from injection drug use by at least 74%.

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Our Process

1

INTAKE

2

COUNSELING

3

TESTING

4

MEDICAL REVIEW

5

TREATMENT

6

FOLLOW UP

Protect Your Liver



What is hepatitis C ? 

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can all cause hepatitis. However, hepatitis is often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common hepatitis viruses are hepatitis A virus, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus.

  • Acute hepatitis C occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C can be a short-term illness, but for most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection.
  • Chronic hepatitis C can be a lifelong infection if left untreated. Chronic hepatitis C can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer, and even death.



Hep- C is on the Rise

2016

41,200

2017

44,700

2018

50,300

2019

57,500

The Steps to Being Cured

GET TESTED

Testing of hepatitis C (Hep C) is critical, because people can live without symptoms for years or even decades.


MEDICAL REVIEW

Your Hep C Specialist may run additional tests to learn more about your Hep C and how it's affecting your liver. After you discuss the different treatment options, you and your Hep C Specialist will choose the right treatment for you.

START TREATMENT

Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. By the time they do, your liver damage may be advanced. If untreated, Hep C can lead to a shorter lifespan, serious liver disease (cirrhosis), and/or liver cancer and liver transplants.

FOLLOW UP

Three months after treatment is completed, your Hep C Specialist will run a blood test to ensure your viral load is undetectable.

FAQS

Hepatitis C (Hep C) is a serious viral disease that is spread mainly through blood-to-blood contact. There are six main types of Hep C, known as genotypes. Regardless of the genotype, Hep C can cause severe and permanent damage to your liver if left untreated. But each genotype can also be cured.
Though many are Baby Boomers (born between 1945-1965), anyone can get Hep C, and many people don’t even know they have it. The number of young people with Hep C is growing, mainly due to the opioid epidemic.
Your liver is like a filter with a very important role in your health. The liver keeps the nutrients your body needs and gets rid of the toxins it doesn’t. Hep C is a major cause of liver transplants and liver cancer. However, treating your Hep C could help put a stop to the damage. The longer your wait, the more Hep C can harm your liver.

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News

June 27 is the HIV national testing day (NHTD)

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual observance to encourage people of all ages to get tested for HIV and to know their status. An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, including about 162,500 (14%, or 1 in 7) people who do not know they have it. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with specific risk factors should get tested at least once a year. If you have HIV, start HIV medical care and treatment as soon as possible. Staying in HIV medical care can keep you healthy and help protect others.

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Free Safe Sex Kit deliver to your home

free condom home delivery subscription where you receive a discreet monthly mailing of condoms, personal lubricant, and safer sex literature at absolutely no cost. After subscribing, you will continue to receive your subscription until you cancel.

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The Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA)

On June 27, 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law the Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA) that allows county commissions to authorize sterile needle and syringe exchange programs for people who inject drugs. Disease prevention must be the goal of every exchange program

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Contact Info

Blue Star Health
1154 Lee Blvd Ste 3
Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
(866) 725-4642
(844) 916-0999
ap@bluestarhealth.org