The sound of drilling in dental clinics is unnerving enough, but individuals shouldn’t have anxiety about being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Culturally competent care ensures that people are likely to see their dentist. That is why APLA Health strives to be the clinic of choice for LGBTQ+ individuals.
We make sure that everyone feels represented, from gender-affirming intake forms to LGBTQ-affirming providers.
We take the steps needed to ensure all needs are met and not just brushed under the rug.
Each person who walks through our doors has a unique story and a unique set of needs, and APLA Health is ready to assist everyone on their journey towards health.
We are not simply a place to go; we are ourselves a mix of diverse staff committed to respecting and validating all lived experiences. Especially the experiences of our most vulnerable.
APLA Health continues to advocate on behalf of transgender and nonbinary patients across the United States. The Trump administration has allowed doctors and providers to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals for simply being who they are.
The fight for equality is never easy, but APLA Health has the experience to ensure that no transgender or nonbinary individual faces discrimination in our care.
APLA Health co-sponsored and helped pass Senate Bill 159, the first law of its kind in the nation to authorize pharmacists to furnish PrEP and PEP without a physician prescription. The legislation also prohibits insurance companies from requiring patients to obtain prior authorization before using their insurance benefits to obtain these critical HIV prevention medications.
“We cannot end the HIV epidemic until we ensure that all Californians have access to PrEP and PEP,” said APLA Health Director of HIV Prevention Services Terry Smith. “SB 159 will help to increase awareness of PrEP and PEP, make it easier for people to access these medications from trusted community pharmacists and prevent insurance delays that can put people at greater risk of acquiring HIV.”