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HIV Prevention

This site contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all ages. Since HIV infection is spread primarily through sexual practices or by sharing needles, prevention messages and programs may address these topics. If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, please exit this website.

How do people get infected with HIV?
It's not who you are but what you do that puts you at risk for HIV Infection. HIV can be transmitted by contact with HIV-infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or mother's milk.

Transmission most commonly occurs by:

  • Blood-to-blood contact, such as sharing drug injection equipment, razors, non-sterilized piercing and tattoo equipment, "blood brothering," and the sharing of other personal hygiene items.
  • Unprotected sexual contacts. This includes anal, vaginal, or oral intercourse with an infected individual.
  • Infected mother to baby, through pregnancy, delivery, and in some cases, mother's milk.

Eastern Idaho Public Health works to provide accurate information about the prevention of HIV/AIDS through community presentations. We also work directly with individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Affordable HIV testing is offered in all eight of our health district offices. Individuals at high risk of exposure are strongly encouraged to get tested.

Presentations
Qualified employees of Eastern Idaho Public Health can provide an individualized presentation to groups who are at "high risk" for HIV/AIDS.

To arrange a presentation please call Teresa at Eastern Idaho Public Health at (208) 745-7297.

HIV Testing
Eastern Idaho Public Health offers confidential HIV testing. If you may have been exposed or are at risk for HIV/AIDS, please call today at (208) 525-7245 to make an appointment for confidential testing. It's important to KNOW YOUR STATUS!

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