Prism Health North Texas aims to take sexual health out of the closet by removing the stigma and embarrassment of taking care of one’s sexual health and promoting the importance of good sexual health. PHNTX offers its patients, 84.5 percent of which being male, affordable and compassionate sexual healthcare services including HIV primary care, free STI testing and treatment, PrEP, access to affordable medication, and transgender primary care. With three health centers in the Dallas area, the Empowerment Center, Client and Community Service Center, and a pharmacy, PHNTX offers health services and resources to a large community.
PHNTX’s CEO Dr. John Carlo spoke at the Perot Museum’s Scientist Spotlight Panel on COVID-19 and has been a sturdy voice of reason and safety during these uncertain times. PHNTX is able to test their current patients and staff for COVID-19 and has been closely following research on how the virus affects the immunocompromised including those with HIV/AIDS.
Anyone can utilize PHNTX’s two pharmacies – filling your prescriptions at PHNTX Pharmacy is good for you and your community as 100% of proceeds are reinvested back into programs and services offered by the group.
As Dallas’ rates of STI infection grow rapidly every year and reach some of the highest in the country, PHNTX works to combat these issues by providing easy, affordable, and quality access to testing and treatment for anyone who needs it.
Founded in 1986 with the HIV/AIDS epidemics in mind, PHNTX Health North Texas has aimed to, like a prism illuminating a broad array of colors, illuminate a broad array of futures and health to its patients. Formerly Aids Arms Inc., PHNTX Health North Texas formed to provide “hope, compassion, and care” to those with HIV/AIDS. As medicine advances and fewer people reach an AIDS diagnosis, Prism Health North Texas has slowly expanded care services to provide North Texans the opportunity to live a full life with good sexual health.
Managing healthcare access is equally important as mismanagement can be extremely detrimental to anyone dealing with health issues. PHNTX provides case management in that they are there for patients every step of the treatment process from their first visit to their final prescriptions ending treatment. Because they want to end the taboo around sexual health, PHNTX also works to empower those living with HIV to have the full and healthy lives they deserve. For PHNTX, building community is just as important as building healthcare access for all who need it.
PHNTX Health North Texas also works to cultivate healthcare and improve accessibility for all. The dedicated Clinical Research Program at PHNTX focuses on studies for HIV treatment, HIV prevention, Hepatitis C treatment, TB prevention, and HIV comorbidities such as HIV and aging, neurocognitive disorders, and cardiovascular disease in patients living with HIV.
Because sexual health is an issue that never goes away, PHNTX works to sponsor and participate in events year-round promoting sexual health awareness and treatment. The most powerful of these events is the annual LifeWalk in the Turtle Creek and Uptown neighborhoods of Dallas every October. Since its founding in 1991, LifeWalk has raised over 12 million dollars, with over $500,000 of that being raised in 2019.