You may not have to traverse dangerous seas, fend off mythical creatures, or resist otherworldly temptations, but let’s be honest: he quest for a clinic that meets your needs can be just as epic.
It’s even more so if you’re LGBTQIA+ or seeking “controversial” healthcare, like abortion services. Below, you’ll find a helpful list to get you started on your search — a collection of clinics in the DMV known for compassionate, communicative, and collaborative care.
Privacy and comfort are of utmost importance here. Right from the start, you’ll be taken to your own personal patient room — public waiting areas don’t even exist in this space. The providers at this clinic fully believe and support a woman’s right to choose, no matter what, and will guide you through the most appropriate options, whether it’s the abortion pill or in-office procedures.
D.C. and Maryland
For what can be an already difficult time, the nonjudgmental, empathetic, and confidential environment of Planned Parenthood will be a welcome relief. All three of these metro-area offices offer the abortion pill, and the D.C. location also offers in-clinic procedures.
D.C., Maryland, & Virginia
If you’d rather avoid an in-person visit altogether, this early abortion clinic is committed to making abortion healthcare a bit more accessible. After completing a brief questionnaire, schedule your telemedicine appointment with one of their board-certified doctors. You’ll receive your medications in a discreet package the next day.
Falls Church, Virginia
On a mission to ensure people of all backgrounds and ethnicities have access to care that’s appropriate both culturally and language-wise, NovaSalud provides free HIV/STI testing, education, and prevention services. As part of their care, which is always confidential, this facility also gives out free condoms, dental dams, lube, and at-home HIV testing kits.
Focused on educating Latinx and African-American youth in the D.C. area, especially those from low-income families, LAYC offers STI/HIV testing (among other services) at no charge. Additionally, the bilingual team here works to teach safer sex practices to the next generation via its SWAT (Sexual Wellness Advocacy by Teens) Program.
Mary’s Center prides itself on removing all barriers to STI/HIV testing. To get screened here, literally all you have to do is show up — there’s no registration, and you don’t even need insurance. The testing is free for all, and if you happen to test positive for certain STIs, you can even get treatment that very same day.
For even more information on STI testing in the DMV, read this.
The risk of suicide and experiencing targeted violence is high among people who identify as LGBTQIA+. At the DC Center for the LGBT Community, licensed behavioral therapists work with adult survivors of such traumas to help them process what they’ve been through. And since these are grant-funded offerings, there’s no cost to clients.
Washington, D.C. and Vienna, VA
With two area locations and 30 years of experience, The Ross Center stands ready to help people of all ages learn to cope with and manage everything from anxiety and depression to OCD and PTSD.
Whether you’re in need of outpatient therapy, or you or someone you know could benefit from more in-depth interventions, including homelessness, substance abuse treatment, or other crises, the team at Community Connections can help.
After checking out a few of the clinics on this list, access to the healthcare you need will be smooth sailing.