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.
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.
• moMENtum, a community-based, peer-run prevention program for men who have sex with men; it includes small-group safer sex workshops, community events, and outreach. The essence of moMENtum is community organizing, mobilization and empowerment. Call 319-688-5890 for more information.
HIV/Hepatitis C Counseling, Testing, and Referral
We offer free, confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing to at-risk populations in our office and at community events. We also work with other community agencies to provide vaccination against Hepatitis A and B. Please contact our office at 319-356-6038 to set up an appointment.
* At this time, we do 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 provided by Iowa Department of Public Health.
Other organizations partnering with Public Health to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS:
Iowa Center for AIDS Resource and Education - ICARE is a non-profit AIDS organization, which provides comprehensive practical, emotional, and financial support to persons living with HIV/AIDS, their partners, families, friends and others concerned about HIV or AIDS in a safe, accepting and non-judgmental atmosphere.
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.