Our Programs

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

                                FCFA SEXUAL HEALTH CLINIC

Our newly launched sexual health clinic in Ellicott City aims to improve the sexual health and well-being of uninsured and under-insured clients served by providing free access to education, testing, immunizations, contraception, and the prevention and treatment of HIV or other sexually transmitted infections. We are a community clinic with CLIA certification for waived testing.

STI Stats in Howard County, Maryland

Did you know that recent data from the Maryland Department of Health have shown increasing rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Howard County, Maryland?

 In 2016, Howard County chlamydia and gonorrhea rates were the highest they have been in 10 years. Chlamydia rates increased more than 300% from 62 (1996) to 271 (2016). Gonorrhea rates increased 13% during the same period. 

About COVID-19

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2 and was discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. It is very contagious and has quickly spread around the world. For more information about COVID-19, click here to learn more.

COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had known close contact to someone with COVID-19 should be tested for COVID-19. FCFA promotes health equity in testing by providing access to free rapid COVID-19 Antigen Testing which is essential to the success of stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Testing is offered to persons with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  Positive test results using a viral test (antigen) in persons with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 indicate that the person has COVID-19, independent of vaccination status of the person. A negative antigen test in persons with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should be confirmed by NAAT, a more sensitive test. Click on the CDC link here to learn more!

Free Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test is currently available on-site!

HIV/AIDS PREVENTION PROGRAM

We offer free rapid HIV/HCV Testing, linkage to HIV medical care and other wrap-around services.

The FCFA "Connect 2 PrEP Program" links individuals at high-risk for HIV acquisition to partners offering pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) within Maryland. 

We also provide education and resources on HIV and STI prevention.

Click on this link by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control to learn more about PrEP. Additionally, if you are looking for a PrEP provider in Maryland, click here to get more information.

MENSTRUAL HYGIENE AND SEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS INITIATIVE

We EDUCATE adolescents and adults on proper menstrual hygiene and sexual health, and PROVIDE needed sanitary kits, educational resources and referrals to safe and effective contraceptive services.

The FCFA Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual Health Program aims to address and dismantle stigma, harmful norms, and socio-cultural practices surrounding menstruation to improve girls, women, and others who menstruate’s experiences of menstruation and to enable gender equality. The program also strives to increase awareness among adolescents about sexual health and wellness.

MENSTRUAL POVERTY: Girls in rural and poor urban communities and humanitarian crisis settings are less likely to be able to access and/or use menstrual products to manage menstruation, and often lack access to soap, safe water and functional and secure toilets/latrines with mechanisms for private disposal of used menstrual products— (Plesons et al., 2021).

These challenges have immediate and longer-term consequences for girls in relation to their confidence and self-efficacy, their ability to participate in day-to-day activities such as education and employment, and their health and wellbeing.

ADOLESCENCE: Adolescents are the future generation. Unfortunately, adolescence is a vulnerable age for susceptibility to many health issues such as reproductive tract infections due to improper menstrual hygiene, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), unexpected pregnancies from the lack of awareness about contraceptive practices, and no proper guidance about sexual health (Mamilla & Goundla, 2019). 

OUR APPROACH: We partner with local organizations in rural Sub-Saharan African to promote the menstrual health and hygiene of adolescent girls and solve menstrual poverty through a deliberate approach.