HIV AIDS

 

This website contains HIV/STD information and prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

 
Eligibility:
  Who should be tested?
  • Anyone who feels they may be at risk for HIV infection.
  • Clients must be at least 13 years old.
  • Take this survey at The Body website to see if you are at risk for HIV infection.                                                         Take Survey
 

• HIV Testing with Rapid Oral Swab is available by walk-in on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 1-3pm, or by appointment.

   • There is no cost for the test and results are ready in 20 minutes.
Purpose:
  This comprehensive health education/risk reduction program offers HIV/AIDS services to Greene, Clinton, and Fayette County residents with a total of 15 testing sites. The cornerstone of the program is to educate residents on how to prevent the spread of the HIV virus and to encourage routine testing of high risk individuals by health care providers. This is accomplished through group education, individual counseling and testing, prevention case management, and community awareness.
   
Description:
  The Confidential Counseling and Testing program provides a way for persons at risk for HIV infection to learn their HIV status and to learn how to reduce their risk of HIV infection. No names are used when scheduling appointments. Clients are given a number to identify themselves and their test results. At the time of testing the client chooses either confidential or anonymous testing. The program also provides up-to-date factual information on HIV/AIDS in order to promote responsible decision-making and HIV infection risk reduction.
   
  HIV stands for
  Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV is different from most other viruses because it attacks the immune system. The immune system gives our bodies the ability to fight infections. HIV finds and destroys a type of white blood cell (T cells or CD4 cells) that the immune system must have to fight the disease.
   
  Counseling
  Talking over your risk of HIV infection, how to lower your risk and stay healthy, information on AIDS, and the test itself.
   
  Testing
  Once HIV enters the body, the immune system starts to produce antibodies - (chemicals that are part of the immune system that recognize invaders like bacteria and viruses and mobilize the body's attempt to fight infection). In the case of HIV, These antibodies cannot fight off the infection, but their presence is used to tell whether a person has HIV in his or her body. In other words most HIV tests look for the HIV antibodies rather than looking for HIV itself.
   
  Education Services
  Educational presentations on HIV/AIDS and its prevention can be provided for interested community groups with at least 3 weeks advance notice. Educational materials (literature and videotapes for loan) are available upon request. Information and referral can be provided over the phone. The anonymous Counseling/Testing program allows for determining clients’ risk for HIV, testing for antibodies, consultation on results and risk reduction, and appropriate referrals as needed.
   
Where and When:
  Click here to see Counseling / Testing locations

Presentation or Education site to be determined by requesting group.

937-374-5600
or 1-866-858-3588

   
Fee:
  There is no cost for the counseling/testing services. Donations are accepted. There is no fee for educations services or presentations.
   
Appointment: 
 

Testing requires an appointment, presentations and education services are scheduled on request. 

Links:

 

 

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