MetroHealth Pride Clinic
Informed Consent / ICATH Provider Yes
ADA/Wheelchair Accessible Yes
The MetroHealth Pride Clinic is the first in the region devoted to serving the health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. With specially trained physicians and support staff and an open and honest environment, we provide care that respects your unique health needs.
Specifically, they offer the following services:
Disease risk reduction and prevention
STD and HIV screening and treatment
Transgender health services including hormonal medical care
Medical and behavioral health services for LGBT and questioning youth
Management of chronic diseases: hypertension, diabetes, lung disease
Well adult care
Well child care, including immunizations
Urgent care visits
Specialty and support services
Wednesdays Only: 4:30pm into the evening.(By appointment only)
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The Cleveland Pride Clinic is absolutely amazing. They operate on an informed consent model, which meant that they were willing to see me and start me on hormone therapy without a letter from a psychiatrist or therapist - something that, because of where I live (a rural area) would be prohibitively expensive to get (I'd need to regular drive long distances to a large city to see a trans-affirming therapist). They do testing, talk in depth with you about your experience, and are incredibly respectful and affirming; I've seen Dr. Van Auken three times now, and not only does he remember me (even with only seeing me once every three months!), he makes it a point to speak positively about my transition and has never even once flubbed on pronouns or made a mistake on my name. Best of all, when he is with you he gives you 100% of his attention, and there's never a sense that you're rushed or can't ask questions.
This does mean that appointments can start late - mine always have - and for others undergoing hormone therapy, you can expect to be at the office for between two and three hours between initial check-in and leaving after your tests are done and you've met with the doctors. But everyone on staff, from the phlebotomists to the receptionists to the doctors, are absolutely wonderful and everyone seems genuinely invested in supporting transpeople and affirming bodily autonomy. I'll probably be going to a more local doctor in the future, and although it'll be nice not to have to drive so many hours to the Cleveland Clinic, I will definitely miss the extraordinary care and attention I received there. HIGHLY recommended for anyone in the Ohio/Michigan/Western Pennsylvania area - it's worth the drive.