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Sunday, June 25, 2017

HIV Programs

What Programs do we Offer?

HIV Testing and Counseling

Free and confidential Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Testing and Counseling is provided to at-risk adults alongside educational presentations throughout the community. The latest technology in rapid mouth swab testing is used to give results in less than 20 minutes.

Comprehensive Risk Counseling Services (CRCS)

CRCS is an intensive, individualized client-centered counseling program (also called “Methods”) for adopting and maintaining HIV risk-reduction behaviors.  It is designed for HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals who are at high risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  These risk factors include: engaging in high risk sexual practices (anonymous or multiple sex partners, unprotected sex, men who have sex with men, current or past history of sexually transmitted diseases), trading sex for money, intravenous drug use and/or other controlled substance use, sharing needles during drug use and having sex while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Educational Presentations on HIV are given at various locations throughout the county including colleges, drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers, domestic violence shelters and health fairs.  Participants receive up-to-date information on what HIV is, how it spreads and how to prevent transmission.  Condoms and other items necessary to ensure sexual safety are distributed free of charge.

Why are these programs needed?

Over 1 million people, including several in Yavapai County, are currently living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., and approximately 56,000 new HIV infections are estimated to occur every year.  As part of an initiative to combat this epidemic, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends greater access to prevention services.

Who is eligible?

Services are available to any Yavapai County resident who is interested in learning about HIV and how to reduce their risk of acquiring or spreading the disease.

Is there a cost?

There is no charge for these programs.  Funding for these contracts is provided through the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)  and Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, a nonprofit corporation contracted with ADHS through its Division of Behavioral Services.

What are the goals of these programs?

The primary goal is to reduce the transmission of HIV through education, awareness and counseling to address the psychosocial and medical needs that contribute to risky behavior and poor health outcomes.

What has the program achieved?

These programs have served hundreds of adults each year including numerous HIV positive and high-risk HIV negative individuals in Yavapai County since 2001.

Where are the services of this program located?

CRCS staff is located in the Cottonwood office and travel to meet with clients throughout the County. Staff who offer educational presentations and testing services are located in both the Cottonwood and Prescott offices.

Who do I contact for more information?

In Cottonwood, call (928) 634-6852, (928) 634-6874.  To schedule an educational presentation with HIV Testing in the Prescott area, call (928) 442-5586, (800) 617-0220, or e-mail us at web.health@yavapai.us.

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