TESTING, PREVENTION,
& EDUCATION

 

IT STARTS WITH EDUCATION

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new HIV transmissions are on the decline nationally.  However, according to reports from the State of Florida Health Department, new HIV transmissions are on the rise throughout the state.  Florida now ranks #1 in the nation for new HIV and AIDS cases and Orlando, Florida, ranks #2 for most new HIV transmissions nationally.  HIV and STIs are preventable illness.  By learning more about them, you reduce the impact of stigma.  Additionally, when you incorporate the preventative resources available into your life, you stop the spread of HIV and STIs.

The good thing is, however, even if you do contract HIV or any STI, there's treatment available.  Many people with HIV who start and stay in medical care, live long, health, and happy lives.  If you don't know your HIV and STI status or are living with HIV and have fallen out of HIV medical care, call Hope & Help today at 407.645.2577 to get testing and treatment services.  It's your call.

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UNDERSTANDING STIS

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (or STIs) are infections transmitted through sexual contact, caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites.  STIs are largely preventable by using preventative resources, such as condoms.  Most STIs can be cured with medical treatment.  However, a few of them do not have a present medical cure - HIV, HPV, Hepatitis B, and Herpes.  But, with medical treatment, these infections can be managed to the point of being undetectable, and consequently un-transmittable.

For more information about STIs, click on the boxes below.  For additional information about STIs and your overall health, click here.

PREVENTING STIS

There are many ways to protect yourself from HIV and STIs.  Many of which are easy and require little effort.  The most important thing you can do is to educate yourself about all the risks associated with HIV/STIs.  For more a personalized safer sex and health education experience, call 407.645.2577 to make an appointment to get tested and speak with one of our health educators. 

 

Talking about Sex

  • Talk with a medical provider or health educator about sex to discover methods and medical advice to ensure you’re being as safe as possible

  • Talk with your sexual partner(s) about your STI status, sexual expectations, and ways to negotiate safer sex, like condom usage

 

Condoms

  • Using condoms correctly and consistently helps to reduce your chance of contracting HIV/STIs

  • There are several types of condoms, including latex, non-latex, traditional or male, insertive or female, flavored, sensitive, large, and small

  • Find what condoms work best for you and your partner

  • You can receive free condoms by mail through our Protect Your O program

 

Dental Dams

  • Proper and consistent dental dam usage helps to prevent a HIV/STI transmission through oral sex

 

Testing

  • Regular testing for HIV/STIs helps you stay healthy and puts you in control of your health

 

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (or PrEP)

  • PrEP, when taken correctly, is up to 99% effective at stopping a HIV transmission before being exposed to the virus

  • PrEP does not cure HIV and does not prevent the transmission of other STIs

 

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (or nPEP)

  • nPEP is up to 74% effective at stopping a HIV

  • Transmission after being exposed to the virus

  • In order to be effective, nPEP treatment must begin with 72-hours after having been exposed to HIV

 

Treatment

  • Getting treated for HIV and STIs is a form of HIV/STI prevention, when you are medically adherent with your treatment schedule your viral load gets under control

  • Treatment, along with other preventative methods, help eliminate the chances of transmitting HIV/STIs

Abstinence

  • Abstinence means you are not sexually active

  • Sex can involve complex emotions and if you’re not ready to deal with those emotions, abstinence may be for you

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GETTING TESTED

Hope & Help offers confidential and Free Community-Based Rapid HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis C Testing through its HIV/STI outreach programs.  Get your free tests Monday - Friday from 8:00a - 5:00p at the Metric Drive location.  There's no appointment necessary, plus you get results in about 15-minutes.  Walk-ins are not only welcome, but they're encouraged!  You can also find Hope & Help out in the community at at local health fairs and during outreach in the Wellness Mobile.

 

If you test positive for HIV or any STI, Hope & Help's health educators will connect you immediately to the people and resources that you need so that no loose ends are left and you can focus on your treatment and living your best life.  If you are unsure about your HIV/STI status or are living with HIV and need help, don't wait any longer, call Hope & Help now at 407.645.2577.