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What is HIV?
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is transmitted by contact with infected blood, breast milk, semen, or vaginal fluids. This virus attacks an infected person’s immune cells and makes them vulnerable to other infections. HIV weakens several body systems and destroys the body’s immune system, making it easier for life threatening cancers or infections to invade the body. If left untreated, the virus can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
ONE IN FIVE people living with HIV are unaware that they have it. Late diagnosis interferes with goals of early treatment and prevention.
There is no cure for HIV, but improvements in medical treatment allow people living with HIV to experience a longer healthier life. Regular screening for HIV is the only way to know your HIV status. Early detection greatly increases the effectiveness of treatment for those people who are infected.
Testing is FREE for to anyone age 14 and older. Results in 20 minutes via a finger prick. Call for an appointment at 641-421-9309.
Who Should Get Tested For HIV?
New medications are available to help prevent the spread of infection.
“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease. The goal of PrEP is to prevent HIV infection being able to attack your immune system. This is done by taking one pill every day. When taken every day, PrEP has been found to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection by up to 92%. This effectiveness increases when combined with condoms which are also necessary for the prevention of other sexually transmitted infections.
Public Health is able to help you identify your risk factors and refer you to an appropriate doctor for PrEP.