CHOOSE TO PROTECT
Talk. Test. Condoms. PrEP. Donate.
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. #ChooseToProtect
UNDERSTANDING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (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.
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PREVENTING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
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. Go ahead. #ChooseToProtect
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
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
Proper and consistent dental dam usage helps to prevent a HIV/STI transmission through oral sex
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 PEP)
PEP is up to 74% effective at stopping a HIV
Transmission after being exposed to the virus
In order to be effective, PEP treatment must begin with 72-hours after having been exposed to HIV
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 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
GETTING YOUR STI TESTS
Hope & Help offers confidential and Free 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.
IS PREP RIGHT FOR YOU
Try PrEP Plus!
PrEP Plus is a program from Hope & Help Connect that gets PrEP in the hands of people who are HIV-negative or at-risk of contracting HIV. Getting PrEP, like any other medication, can sometimes be challenging. But, with PrEP Plus, all the details are taken care of for you. When you join PrEP Plus, you could start your PrEP regimen within 72 business hours, upon approval from your medical provider.
What is PrEP?
PrEP is short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, a medication that when taken consistently is effective at preventing you from contracting HIV through sexual contact, if you are exposed. It’s one of many HIV prevention tools. PrEP does not prevent or treat STIs or any other medical condition.
How does PrEP work?
Studies have shown that the risk of contracting HIV was 99% lower for those who took PrEP than those who didn’t. When you take PrEP as prescribed, it provides significant protection against HIV. Such protection is much more effective when you use condoms and other preventative methods. PrEP does not prevent you from contracting other STIs.
How can I begin taking PrEP?
The first step to starting PrEP is talking with your medical provider. Your medical provider will discuss your sexual history, administer an HIV test, and then monitor your kidney functions in order to determine if you are a candidate for PrEP.
How can I afford PrEP?
PrEP is covered by most insurance plans. However, regardless of whether or not you have insurance or your ability to pay, PrEP Plus can provide you with temporary assistance to get started. PrEP Plus is free for those who qualify. For patients with medical conditions unrelated to PrEP, provider fees may apply.