World AIDS Day is December 1, 2019

A day to remember | A day to take action

by Tim Nedoba

Take this opportunity to get tested

November 1, 2019 – Stop HIV Iowa is dedicated to connecting all Iowans to HIV education, prevention tools, and medical and support services. Learn how you can get free HIV testing, how to protect yourself against HIV, and how to live a healthy life as a person with HIV.

HIV Testing Services Available in Iowa

HIV testing services are provided at multiple sites across the state at no cost to any person who requests testing. Testing includes a screening, which is a health assessment and a rapid HIV test. Following the test, treatment, referrals, and educational materials may be offered to support a healthy life. If a rapid HIV test is positive, another check will be done to confirm the result. In addition to HIV testing, a person may be assessed and offered treatment for other sexually transmitted infections and hepatitis.

What is an HIV Test?

An HIV test tells you if you have HIV. The tests work by detecting antigens and/or antibodies that are unique to an HIV infection. This is often done with a rapid test that can provide a result in 1 to 20 minutes. Where Can I Find HIV Testing Near Me?

Free HIV testing services are widely available across the state. Find free HIV testing near you! You can also request HIV testing from your doctor. Visit StopHIVIowa.org for information on finding testing sites.

Find HIV Medical Care in Iowa

Finding a medical provider who specializes in HIV care is essential for your health. It is also necessary to find a medical team you trust and feel comfortable with. Medical providers who have had specialized training to treat HIV are available all across Iowa. You have many options when it comes to choosing a medical provider, and programs are available if you need help paying for medical care. Find locations by using this link: https://stophiviowa.org/locations

Ryan White Part C

The Ryan White Part C Program is designed to provide HIV medical care to Iowans living with HIV. In Iowa, five Part C clinics provide access to medical staff who specialize in caring for people living with HIV. Ryan White Part C clinics are centers of excellence with medical personnel who have extensive experience in providing medical care and support services to people living with HIV. Additionally, Ryan White Part C programs have a close relationship with Ryan White Part B case managers and work together as a team to support individuals to achieve the best health outcomes.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

The Iowa Finance Authority funds five organizations across Iowa to provide housing services to eligible Iowans living with HIV. HOPWA services are designed to meet the housing needs of low-income people living with HIV. Short term, long term, and housing placement services may be available.

Most importantly, a positive HIV test result is no longer a death sentence. Medication is available. Get tested. If treatment is necessary, follow your doctor’s instructions, and if that includes medication, follow the prescribed regime religiously. World AIDS Day is December 1. More about the study is available at https://www.StopHiVIowa.org.

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