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Department of Public Health Newsroom 2018

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March 9, 2018: Saint Louis County Encourages Increased Awareness and Testing on Women and Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7, 2018: Free STI and HIV Screenings Planned for Black HIV/AIDS Day

Saint Louis County Encourages Increased Awareness and Testing on Women and Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

(March 9, 2018) – National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is March 10th. Every year, this day is observed in order to give people an opportunity to reflect on the impact that HIV and AIDS has had on women and girls, and the unique challenges they face. It also serves as an opportunity to unify in response to the epidemic, increase awareness, celebrate the great strides made in prevention, care, and treatment, support people living with AIDS, and honor those that have been lost to AIDS. The goal is an AIDS-free generation.

“Saint Louis County Department of Public Health wants to create a favorable environment for residents and visitors who need access to HIV education, prevention, care, and treatment services,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health.

Everyone should know their status. Screening is key. Proper screening provides medical providers with the information they need to ensure people are properly treated and linked to appropriate medical and social services. The sooner treatment is started, the better the prognosis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS affects over 280,000 women aged 13 and older in the United States. Often, those who have contracted HIV/AIDS are unaware of it. To stop its spread, it is recommended that anyone who is sexually active get tested regularly.

Those who are interested in obtaining free HIV testing and screening for other sexually transmitted infections should visit www.GetTestedSTL.org or www.STLCondoms.com, as free STI and HIV screening is regularly offered by both the City and County health departments. This website serves as a comprehensive resource for finding free educational materials, safer sex resources, and local resources for sexual health testing, treatment, and support.

In addition to regular testing, other actions to take against the spread of HIV and STIs are:

  • Use condoms the right way every time you have sex. Learn the right way to use a male condom or a female condom.
  • Know your partner’s STI and HIV status.
  • Choose less risky sexual behaviors (https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html).
  • Limit your number of sexual partners.
  • Never share needles.
  • Talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taking medicine daily to prevent HIV infection, if you are at high risk for HIV.
  • Talk to your doctor about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 3 days through sex, sharing needles and works, or a sexual assault.

Additionally, if you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection, it is recommended that you contact your primary healthcare provider.

For more information about Women and Girl’s HIV/AIDS Day, please visit:

www.cdc.gov/Features/WomenGirlsHIVAIDS/index.html


Free STI and HIV Screenings Planned for World AIDS Day

(February 7, 2018) – Black HIV/AIDS Day is February 7th. Every year, Black HIV/AIDS Day is observed to give people an opportunity to reflect on the impact that HIV and AIDS have had on people and nations throughout the world. It also serves as an opportunity to unify in response to the epidemic, increase awareness, celebrate the great strides made in prevention, care, and treatment, support people living with AIDS, and honor those that have been lost to AIDS. The goal is an AIDS-free generation.

In recognition of Black HIV/AIDS Day, the City of St. Louis Department of Health, Williams and Associates Inc., and the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health will offer free STI and HIV screenings Wednesday, February 7th at the location listed below. Persons who come for the free screenings will be able to receive STI and HIV screening. Rapid screening, which take only 15-20 minutes, will be available for HIV and hepatitis C.

Free STI and HIV Testing
North Central Community Health Center (Buzz Westfall Room)
4000 Jennings Station Road, Pine Lawn, MO 63121
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Williams and Associates Inc.; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1114 North Sarah Street; St. Louis (63113)
Free Screenings for HIV and Hepatitis C

Williams and Associates Inc.; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3737 N. Kingshighway Boulevard; St. Louis (63115)
Free Screenings for HIV and Hepatitis C

City of St. Louis Department of Health; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1520 Market Street; 1st Floor Lobby; St. Louis (63103)
Free Screenings for HIV and Educational Information

“When the HIV epidemic first started in the ‘80s, it was considered a death sentence,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health, “but with the biomedical advancements made since then, it can now be treated much more like a chronic disease. However, before treatment can begin, people need to know they have it. The sooner treatment is started, the better the prognosis. Testing is the key.”

Melba Moore, director and commissioner of health for the City of St. Louis Department of Health also added, “Through continued coordination of regional prevention efforts, screenings, and treatments, we are working with all of our regional and community partners to close the gap on HIV by enabling and empowering our communities to access the services they need.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS affects 1.2 million people in the United States, and 1 in 8 of those people do not know they have it. To stop its spread, it is recommended that anyone who is sexually active get tested regularly.

Anyone unable to attend the free HIV screening event, but who is interested in obtaining free HIV testing and screening for other sexually transmitted infections should visit www.STLCondoms.com, as free STI and HIV screening is regularly offered by both the City and County health departments. This website serves as a comprehensive resource for finding free educational materials, safer sex resources, and local resources for sexual health testing, treatment, and support.

For more information about World AIDS Day, please visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/worldaidsday/index.html

Additionally, if you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection, it is recommended that you contact your primary healthcare provider.


Free STI and HIV Screenings Planned for World AIDS Day

(February 7, 2018) – Black HIV/AIDS Day is February 7th. Every year, Black HIV/AIDS Day is observed to give people an opportunity to reflect on the impact that HIV and AIDS have had on people and nations throughout the world. It also serves as an opportunity to unify in response to the epidemic, increase awareness, celebrate the great strides made in prevention, care, and treatment, support people living with AIDS, and honor those that have been lost to AIDS. The goal is an AIDS-free generation.

In recognition of Black HIV/AIDS Day, the City of St. Louis Department of Health, Williams and Associates Inc., and the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health will offer free STI and HIV screenings Wednesday, February 7th at the location listed below. Persons who come for the free screenings will be able to receive STI and HIV screening. Rapid screening, which take only 15-20 minutes, will be available for HIV and hepatitis C.

Free STI and HIV Testing
North Central Community Health Center (Buzz Westfall Room)
4000 Jennings Station Road, Pine Lawn, MO 63121
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Williams and Associates Inc.; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1114 North Sarah Street; St. Louis (63113)
Free Screenings for HIV and Hepatitis C

Williams and Associates Inc.; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3737 N. Kingshighway Boulevard; St. Louis (63115)
Free Screenings for HIV and Hepatitis C

City of St. Louis Department of Health; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1520 Market Street; 1st Floor Lobby; St. Louis (63103)
Free Screenings for HIV and Educational Information

“When the HIV epidemic first started in the ‘80s, it was considered a death sentence,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health, “but with the biomedical advancements made since then, it can now be treated much more like a chronic disease. However, before treatment can begin, people need to know they have it. The sooner treatment is started, the better the prognosis. Testing is the key.”

Melba Moore, director and commissioner of health for the City of St. Louis Department of Health also added, “Through continued coordination of regional prevention efforts, screenings, and treatments, we are working with all of our regional and community partners to close the gap on HIV by enabling and empowering our communities to access the services they need.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS affects 1.2 million people in the United States, and 1 in 8 of those people do not know they have it. To stop its spread, it is recommended that anyone who is sexually active get tested regularly.

Anyone unable to attend the free HIV screening event, but who is interested in obtaining free HIV testing and screening for other sexually transmitted infections should visit www.STLCondoms.com, as free STI and HIV screening is regularly offered by both the City and County health departments. This website serves as a comprehensive resource for finding free educational materials, safer sex resources, and local resources for sexual health testing, treatment, and support.

For more information about World AIDS Day, please visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/worldaidsday/index.html

Additionally, if you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection, it is recommended that you contact your primary healthcare provider.