This site contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is transmitted by contact with infected blood, breast milk, semen, or vaginal fluids. This virus attacks an infected person's immune cells and makes them vulnerable to other infections. If left untreated, the virus can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Currently, there is no cure or vaccine for HIV, but improved medical treatment now allows people living with HIV to experience full and healthy lives. Regular screening for HIV is the only way to know your HIV status. Early detection greatly increases the effectiveness of treatment for those people who are infected.
HIV Health Education/Risk Reduction Programs
HIV prevention programs go beyond the provision of information to provide education and counseling that assist individuals in developing the skills, abilities, and self-esteem to carry out behavior change that will reduce their risk for HIV infection.
• Mpowerment Iowa City is a community-based, peer-run HIV prevention program for men who have sex with men; it includes small-group safer sex workshops, community events, and outreach efforts led by an innovative group of young men from within the community. The essence of Mpowerment Iowa City is community organizing, mobilization and empowerment. Call 319-688-5890 or visit www.Facebook.com/MpowerIC for more information.
HIV/Hepatitis C Counseling, Testing, and Referral
Johnson County Public Health offers free and confidential rapid HIV testing to all individuals interested in being screened. Additionally, we provide rapid Hepatitis-C testing and Hepatitis A & B vaccination to those who qualify. Testing services are available at the JCPH office from 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday – Friday. No appointment is necessary for testing services but scheduling an appointment in advance can reduce wait times. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call our office at 319-356-6040.
* At this time, JCPH does not test for other sexually transmitted diseases. Please see your doctor or go to the Free Medical Clinic for this service.
Funding for HIV Prevention Programs at JCPH is provided, in part, by Iowa Department of Public Health.
Other organizations partnering with Public Health to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS:
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics HIV Program - The University of Iowa HIV Program uses a multi-disciplinary approach to provide comprehensive HIV care including: specialized medical care, clinical trials, education and information, social services and community referrals, HIV specific financial programs such as Ryan White funds, psychiatry services, referrals to HIV-experienced professionals in specialties including: Dentistry, Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Nutrition and many others.