Talk About HIV/AIDS

Open and honest conversation about HIV/AIDS saves lives. When we talk about HIV, we help to break down the stigma around it, and we help to protect our own health and the health of those we love.

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Prevent & Protect

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), male latex condoms are highly effective when used consistently and correctly, in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV and many other STDs.

Condoms

How to use condoms.

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HIV/AIDS Resources

Health department directory.
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HIV/AIDS Treatment

Department of Health and Human Services.
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Get Tested

Find FREE HIV Test Locations.

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PrEP

PrEP provides added protection.

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Locate Condoms

Get free condoms and stay safe.

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Consider PrEP

PrEP is for people who do not have HV to help reduce the risk of getting HIV in the future.

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HIV/AIDS: Get The Facts

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.

  • How Can I tell if I'm infected with HIV?

    The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to be tested. You cannot rely on symptoms to know whether you have HIV. Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms at all for 10 years or more. Some people who are infected with HIV report having flu-like symptoms (often described as “the worst flu ever”) 2 to 4 weeks after exposure.

  • Where can I get PrEP and how much does it cost?

    PrEP is only available with a prescription from a health care provider. Many private insurance plans cover PrEP, as does Medicaid, the state-run health program for lower-income persons. If you do not have insurance, ask your health care provider about pharmaceutical patient assistance programs which may be able to offset the cost of the medication.

  • If I am HIV positive what are my options?

    Antiretroviral treatment is recommended for all people living with HIV, according to guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services. Antiretroviral medications work to lower the levels of the virus in the bloodstream – viral load – which helps to prevent the progression of HIV to AIDS, the most advanced stage of HIV, and keep you healthier if you already have an AIDS diagnosis.

    Even if you do not feel sick or show symptoms, it’s important to consult a health care provider as soon as possible to get on treatment. In addition to benefiting your own health and well-being, people who begin medication early and take it regularly reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to sexual partners by as much as 96 percent. Also, treatment significantly reduces the likelihood of an HIV-positive pregnant woman transmitting HIV to her baby.

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