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FREE – FAST – CONFIDENTIAL, HIV & HEPATITIS C TESTING SERVICES

Jun 9, 2020 | Life | 0 comments

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FREE – FAST – CONFIDENTIAL, HIV & HEPATITIS C TESTING SERVICES

JOHNSON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH (JCPH) offers HIV testing to all individuals. In addition, we provide rapid Hepatitis C testing to individuals who qualify. Walk-in testing services are available at the JCPH’s office location from 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. In addition, we host several offsite evening clinics through well-established partnerships in the Iowa City community. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call our office at 319-356-6040.

Funding for JCPH’s Integrated Testing Services is provided, in part, by Iowa Department of Public Health.

HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) is transmitted by blood-to-blood contact, breast milk, semen, or vaginal secretions. This virus attacks a person’s immune system, making them more susceptible to other types of infections.

If left untreated, the virus can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Currently, there is no cure or vaccine for HIV, but improved medical treatment now allows People Living With HIV (PLWH) to experience full and healthy lives.

Ways to Prevent HIV:

  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Use Protection (e.g. condoms, dental dams, other barrier methods etc.)  
  • Receive Regular Testing  
  • Get Tested 

Who Should Get Tested?

  • Everyone

HEPATITIS C (HCV) is primarily transmitted by blood-to-blood contact. HCV is a national epidemic, and kills more people than the next sixty leading infectious diseases, combined.

If left untreated, HCV can lead to more serious health problems, including, liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death.

Ways to Prevent HCV:

  • Avoid Blood-to-Blood Contact
  • Do Not Share Syringes and/or Injection Drug Equipment  
  • Use Protection  
  • Get Tested  

Who Should Get Tested?

  • Those who currently or have ever injected drugs
  • Those who were born between 1945 and 1965  
  • Those who received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992  
  • People Living With HIV 

For more information visit https://www.johnson-county.com/dept_health.aspx?id=4631

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