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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 and is free to those with qualifying risk factors or $25 for those who do not qualify for the free test. Call for an appointment at 641-421-9320.

  • Qualifying Risk Factors:
    • Black or hispanic
    • Has a history of trading sex for drugs or money, or have a partner who has this history
    • Has a history of IV drug use, or have a partner who has this history
    • A male who has sex with other men, or anyone whose partner is male and has sex with other men
    • Received an STD diagnosis in the last 12 months
    • Has had unprotected sex with someone who had been diagnosed with HIV

 

Health Links

HIV/AIDS Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National HIV Testing Resources

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