Our commitment towards providing comprehensive care is broad. We consider the whole person in the delivery of our health care services. Clinical services for women include but are not limited to: complete physical exams, pelvic exams, breast exams, pap smears, pregnancy testing, and screening for vaginal infections and for minor blood disorders.
We offer a full range of birth control options on site and by prescription. Both men and women have the opportunity to be tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections. We also offer anonymous and confidential HIV counseling and testing for both men and women.
Physical examination is available to male clients including height and weight, examination of the thyroid, heart, lungs, breasts, abdomen, extremities, genitals and rectum. Male examination also includes palpation of the prostate, as appropriate, and instructions in self-examination of the testes. The importance of the following is stressed to male clients: blood pressure evaluation, colorectal screening if over 40 and HIV and STI screening.
If you are planning a pregnancy and would like advice on how to have a healthy pregnancy call for an appointment for a preconception planning visit.
Services at Greene County Family Planning are confidential as described in the Program Guidelines for Project Grants for Family Planning Services:
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Population Affairs
Office of Family Planning
4350 East West Highway, Suite 200
Bethesda, Maryland 20814:
“Every project must assure client confidentiality and provide safeguards for individuals against the invasion of personal privacy, as required by the Privacy Act. No information obtained by the project staff about individuals receiving services may be disclosed without the individual’s written consent, except as required by law or as necessary to provide services to the individual, with appropriate safeguards for confidentiality. Information may otherwise be disclosed only in summary, statistical, or other form that does not identify the individual [59.11].”
At your first visit to Greene County Family Planning:
You may have a physical exam depending on what you are here for and at the discretion of the clinician. A woman should have their first pap smear exam at the age of 21. Pelvic exam is not required to start most forms of birth control.
Simple but very important diagnostic tests will be performed. Based on a clients needs, we offer testing for HIV or other sexually transmitted infections, Hepatitis C, pregnancy tests, and other tests as indicated. For mammograms and ultrasounds, referrals can be provided if needed.
Clients will be offered, if appropriate, information about Hepatitis A, B and C as well as information about Gardasil (the vaccine that protects you from 4 high risk strains of HPV which are linked to cervical cancer and genital warts). Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B can be provided by our Public Health clinic.
Clients will be provided information on risk reduction measures for tobacco, alcohol, and other substances. Information and referrals for local resources may be provided.
Other counseling offered includes: domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and coercion, depression or suicidal feelings, obesity, nutrition, exercise and reproductive life plan.
Referrals to the appropriate physician of client’s choice will be made for abnormalities found during the visit.
If the patient is interested in contraception (birth control), all methods will be reviewed with the patient and informed consent specific to the chosen method will be obtained. Instruction in correct use of the method will be given. If needed, diagnostic tests may be performed for evaluation of clients who wish to use contraception. To learn more about methods of birth control you might like to check out the following link that has all methods of contraception including the newest hormonal methods. It also has explanations of “natural family planning” methods which are sometimes called fertility awareness methods.
This is the important yearly visit for both men and women.
A patient should come to an annual appointment 15 minutes ahead of time so that they have time to fill out paperwork. Careful completion of the paperwork is necessary for us to care for you in the best way possible.
All of the procedures listed below, if appropriate to age and sexual history of the client, that are part of an initial visit will be performed again.
We offer guidance to both men and women to help them plan the spacing and timing of their children. We begin these discussions on their first visit, and review their plan in each annual visit. For information, see the Reproductive Life Plan from the CDC.
The complete physical examination for women includes but is not limited to inspection of the eyes, ears and mouth, palpation of the thyroid, visual inspection of the back, assessment of the heart and lungs, clinical breast examination and self breast examination teaching, examination and palpitation of abdomen, examination of extremities, pelvic examination and pap test if indicated by age and sexual history of patient, testing for sexually transmitted infections including HIV if indicated or requested by patient. For more information click on the following links:
For men the examination includes height and weight, examination of the thyroid, heart, lungs, breasts, abdomen, extremities, genitals and rectum. Examination should also include instructions in self-examination of the testes. The importance of the following is stressed to male clients:
“Blood pressure evaluation, colo-rectal cancer screening in individuals over 50; and STD and HIV screening, as indicated.”
Simple but very important diagnostic tests will be performed including blood pressure, urine dip for protein and sugar, hemoglobin/hematocrit, pregnancy tests. Other lab tests, if needed, will be performed in this clinic or referred out. Tests that may be may referred out include mammogram, ultrasound, serum pregnancy test, CBC, etc.
If the patient is interested in contraception (birth control) all methods will be reviewed with the patient and informed consent specific to the chosen method will be obtained. Instruction in correct use of the method will be given. If needed diagnostic tests may be performed for evaluation of clients for contraceptive use.
Clients will be offered, if appropriate, information about Hepatitis A, B and C and the vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B as well as information about Gardisil (the vaccine that protects you from 4 high risk strains of HPV which are linked to cervical cancer and genital warts).
Clients will be provided information and counseled on issues of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use and offered information on local resources appropriate to issue.
Other counseling is offered including but not limited to domestic violence issues, child abuse, sexual assault, depression or suicidal feelings, the benefits of folic acid especially in the prevention of birth defects, obesity, nutrition and exercise.
Referrals to the appropriate physician of client’s choice will be made for abnormalities.
The Family Planning Benefit Program can help you get services for free if you qualify.
All of your care is confidential. Women, men and teens can apply.
In order to qualify you must:
The following services at Greene County Family Planning are available for free under the Family Planning Benefit Program:
When you call to make your appointment, tell the staff person from Greene County Family Planning that you want to apply for the Family Planning Benefit Program.
You will need to bring the following to your visit: