OUR COMMUNITY IN NEED COMES TOGETHER
In 2019, a group of concerned Texans who were members of different minority groups gathered in Dallas to discuss the growing number of cases of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV among underserved at-risk populations across Texas,
Despite there being several organizations and programs that provided STI and HIV related services, the rates had continued to rise and were particularly higher among minority populations. In response, these concerned Texans formed Confio Health, whose purpose was to reduce sexual health stigma through education.
They began reaching out to their own communities in the Dallas area to educate them on HIV/STI testing, treatment, and prevention. They made clinical referrals to other organizations so that members of their communities could receive free access to PrEP and other STI services.
Confio Health officially incorporated as a non-profit organization
Word spread and soon there were several people contacting Confio Health to be linked to free sexual health services.
Most of these organizations had long wait-lists and people would often have to wait several weeks before they could receive any STI/HIV services.
To reduce the number of new cases of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in Texas, through health services, social services, and educational services
Texans formed Confio Health, whose purpose was to reduce sexual health stigma.
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PATIENT-FOCUSED CLINICAL SERVICES
The clinical partnership of Confio Health with other healthcare community organizations like Texas Specialty Clinic virtually eliminates the patient wait time. The partnership continues to help us identifying 2-3 at-risk individuals a week and providing them low-to no-cost access to PrEP and other sexual health services.
In 2020, Confio Health officially incorporated as a non-profit organization and started to partner with healthcare organizations to provide their own sexual health clinical services for the communities they served.
The timing of this decision proved crucial during the COVID pandemic. Most HIV/STI organizations have reduced their clinic hours and the waitlists grew even longer.
Confio continues to help patients daily digitally via Zoom or Telemedicine.