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Phone Number: 
(312) 201-1234

Location

104 S Michigan Ave, Suite 905
Chicago, IL 60603
United States
Services: 
sexual/reproductive healthcare
STI/STD testing and treatment
pregnancy testing
pregnancy all-options counseling
Do they offer sliding scale/low-cost/no-cost services?: 
I don't know
Can they provide services in more than one language?: 
I don't know
Do they offer free condoms?: 
I don't know
Is this clinic/provider accessible for people with disabilities?: 
Yes

After trying and failing to make my university health care pay any attention to me on a weekend, I went to MAIC with concerns about STDs and they were great. Everyone was friendly and helpful, and their attitudes went a long way toward putting me at ease even before my exam. The nurse and doctor who helped me were careful to make me feel as comfortable as possible with the process of wearing a silly paper blanket and having someone examine my genitals. the nurse asked me if I had a preference for a male or female doctor, and the doctor explained everything she was going to do, and why, before she started the exam. She took a lot of time with me to discuss her medical opinion, and fully address my questions, with the utmost professionalism regarding my sexual history.

I went to the walk-in immediate care clinic, so of course they don't provide all the services of a primary care provider. If you have any sexual-health related immediate care needs and you're in the Chicago area (so easy to get to!), I strongly recommend this clinic.

They also have a primary care service, which lists pap smears, STD screening, and women's health in its services provided. I have no experience with their primary care physicians, but I got a good enough vibe from the clinic that I think it would be worth at least looking into their practice.

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I will be a junior in high school next year, and because I've been lucky to stumble on a lot of really great sex-positive resources, I've learned I have a pretty strong interest in sexuality--as in, studying it/doing something in it as a career. However, getting information about this field is much more difficult than, say, engineering or law. What are jobs within this field, what are areas in college/majors you'd advise, and what are some ways I can get involved now, as a minor? My areas of interest are not really in the medical field--I'm more interested in counseling, giving advice, activism, and education

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