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Free HIV Testing & Condom Distribution

Free HIV Testing & Condom Distribution

Counseling, Testing and Referral Services

This site contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

HIV counseling and testing provides information about HIV transmission and prevention, the meaning of test results, and HIV prevention counseling to reduce individual’s risk for transmitting or acquiring HIV. The referral process assesses and prioritizes the individual’s needs for prevention, care and/or supportive services.

Free Rapid HIV Testing

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The test used is an Orasure OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-l/2 Antibody Test with results available in 20 minutes. The test is conducted using a simple finger stick to get a blood sample. If the first Rapid HIV test is positive, a second confirmatory test will then be administered. Based on two positive test results, a referral to ARE case management services will be provided so that healthcare resources and linkage to care is ensured.

HIV testing takes place at the ARE offices by appointment.

For all testing inquiries, please contact Darnell Smith at 540-536-2971.

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Condom Distribution Program

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Condoms offer a great way of providing protection from various sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Research indicates that areas where condoms are readily available, rates of STIs and HIV decrease.

The projected outcome and goals of AIDS Response Effort’s (ARE) Condom Distribution Program is to see reduced rates of new HIV infections, erase the stigma of possessing a condom, and help cultivate healthier sexual behavior.

ARE is excited to introduce this idea to the community because it is incredibly important that people can easily and conveniently protect themselves. This condom distribution program is a free public service, with condoms gladly provided by ARE.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges that a condom distribution program is a structural·le’lel intervention, which is particularty attractive in HIV prevention efforts because it addresses external factors that impact personal risks for HIV, induding cost aoo accessibility. With the collaboration of other venues, the community will become more aware of the importance of sexual responsibility.

Condom Distribution Program Sites

Currently, there are 22 sites participating in the condom distribution program.

If you are a local business and would like to become part of ARE’s Condom Distribution Program, please contact (540) 536-2971 or (540) 536-5333.

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