EVERY DAY someone in Nevada is diagnosed with HIV, including those with “no identifiable risk.”* It’s time to RETHINK HIV. We now have groundbreaking medicines that can prevent you from passing it along or getting it, even if you don’t think you’re at risk. The first step in keeping you and your loved ones safe is getting tested.
Together, we can win against HIV in Nevada
The days of thinking HIV “isn’t my problem” are over. Even those with no identifiable risk are being diagnosed with HIV. That’s why Nevada is pioneering a program that makes HIV tests more accessible to everyone. With HIV numbers going up, getting tested is the first step to protect yourself and the ones you love. Include testing for HIV in your routine of staying on top of your whole health.
Testing is not just about having the peace of mind of knowing your status- it’s about having access to breakthrough treatments so you and everyone can stay healthy.
There are several ways to get tested:
Any time you go to a healthcare appointment, you can have an HIV test added that most insurances will cover.
Nevada is offering HIV screening at all kinds of healthcare offices and appointments, from routine physicals to quick care and even specialty appointments that aren’t related to HIV.
You can also visit a FREE testing location near you to get tested. The link below is a list of different testing locations throughout Nevada.
The last 40 years of advancements have given us medications that WORK. We now have access to groundbreaking medicines that, when taken correctly, prevent you from passing HIV along or getting it through sex and even IV drugs.
If you have insurance and see a healthcare provider regularly, call them as soon as you are diagnosed. Treatment keeps you healthy and protects others from getting HIV, even through sex, so it’s important to start right away.
If you have no healthcare provider or health insurance, or just need help understanding what is covered, the Ryan White program can help. It provides care and treatment services like medication assistance to over half the population diagnosed with HIV in America.
Today’s medications protect you from getting HIV, even if you have sex with someone who’s positive.
HIV is one of the only sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that’s now 99% preventable with medications. Make sure to talk to a healthcare provider and ask about medications commonly known as “PrEP.” It’s an easy thing to get on, covered by most insurances, and is an important part of many people’s self care.
HIV can be prevented after you’re exposed, kind of like a morning-after medication. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, call a healthcare provider and ask for the medications commonly known as “PEP.” Using the medications up to 72 hours after exposure can actually prevent you from getting HIV.
How do you know if you’ve been exposed to HIV?
Examples of possible exposure are if you have anal or vaginal sex without using a condom, or the condom breaks or slips while having sex with someone who has or may have HIV. If you’re HIV-negative and not taking PrEP and any of these scenarios have happened to you, talk to your doctor right away (within 72 hours or 3 days) about PEP.
Starting PEP immediately and taking it daily for 28 days reduces your chance of getting HIV after exposure.
Ask your healthcare provider today about PrEP or PEP or click the link below to find a list of PrEP & PEP providers in Nevada.
Always have condoms with you, so that they’re easily available to you whenever you need them. And remember you have to actually use them, an unopened condom can’t protect you from HIV or other STIs. Syphilis and gonorrhea rates are rising fast in Nevada. STIs can have long-term health consequences, and they can increase your chance of transmitting HIV or getting HIV.
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Gonorrhea | Chlamydia | Syphilis
People who inject substances are also more at risk for Hepatitis C, a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Today, most people become infected with hepatitis C by sharing needles or other equipment used to inject drugs. Consider adding a hepatitis C test when you get tested for HIV. Click on the link to learn more about hepatitis C.
Be prepared ahead of time. Always carry more than one set of clean needles and equipment so you never have to share equipment. Get free multiple sets of clean equipment via the links below: