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World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died.

The day reminds us to raise awareness about HIV and to fight against the stigma of those with HIV and its impact on the lives of all Americans, who are real people — mothers, fathers, friends, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, partners, wives, husbands, and co-workers. Remember, HIV does not discriminate across race, gender, or age.

  • More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it.
  • Over the last decade, the annual number of new HIV diagnoses declined 19%.
  • Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.

At Central District Health Department, we are committed to providing STD/HIV screening and referrals on a daily basis. Our skilled staff members are sensitive to the needs of our patients and understand aspects of the issues surrounding STD/HIV. 

We evaluate clients needing prescriptions for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication who are at high risk of getting HIV. Taking the medicines daily can lower the chances of getting infected and can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body. Daily PrEP medication can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it can reduce the risk by more than 70%.

For more information about how you can get tested, call 208-327-7400 and ask to schedule an appointment. Though our testing isn’t free, we offer a sliding fee payment scale to those in need and can make referrals to those who need free testing.
So this December 1: Get the facts. Get tested. Get Involved.