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What is HIV?

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV weakens several body systems and destroys the body’s immune system, making it easier for life threatening cancers or opportunistic infections to invade the body.

 

What is AIDS?

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Virus) is the late stage of an infection caused by HIV. AIDS is a complex disease characterized by severe damage to the body’s natural immune system. A person with AIDS becomes susceptible to unusual opportunistic diseases and cancers that are not ordinarily a threat to people with normal immune systems. A person who is infected with HIV is said to have AIDS when the T-Cell or CD4 count falls below 200 or when diagnosed with one of more than 2 dozen specific serious illnesses.

HIV condoms

 

HIV Testing

HIV testing is available to anyone age 14 and older. Testing is FREE and confidential. Call for an appointment at 641-421-9320.

 

Who Should Get Tested For HIV?

  • Everyone ages 13-64 should be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime.
  • You should get tested at least once per YEAR if: 
    • You are a man that has sex with men.
    • You’ve had sex with an HIV-positive partner.
    • You’ve had more than one partner since your last HIV test.
    • You’ve shared needles or works to inject drugs.
    • You’ve exchanged sex for drugs or money.
    • You have another sexually transmitted disease, hepatitis, or tuberculosis.
    • You’ve had sex with anyone who has done anything listed above.

 

HIV Prevention

“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 from taking hold if you are exposed to the virus. This is done by taking one pill every day. These are some of the same medicines used to  keep the virus under control in people who are already living with HIV. When taken everyday, 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.

 

Health Links

HIV/AIDS Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National HIV Testing Resources

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