The launch of the Health4Men service at Zola clinic on Tuesday

The Anova Health Institute’s Health4Men initiative has launched a new clinical service for all men who have sex with men (MSM) at Soweto’s Zola clinic.

The service is run in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development.

It provides MSM with HIV screening and treatment, CD4 counts, STI screening (including wart treatment), TB screening, TB prevention (INH) and post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PEP).

Health4Men at Zola clinic opened its doors to the public on the 1st of March and was officially launched on Tuesday.

Health4Men already runs a similar clinic targeting MSM at Baragwanath Hospital, known as the Simon Nkoli Centre for Men’s Health.

“If the overwhelming response at Health4Men’s Simon Nkoli Centre for Men’s Health is anything to go by, the new MSM centre at Zola promises to be a popular initiative that will enable even more men to access sexual health care,” said the organisation in a statement.

It added: “The introduction of this innovative service is part of Health4Men’s ongoing commitment to reach MSM in need of competent sexual health care. Historically neglected and stereotyped, the health care needs of MSM are increasingly being recognised as a priority in successfully addressing the HIV epidemic.”

The Health4Men clinic is located at the Zola Community Health Centre, Bendile Road, Zola, Soweto.

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