In coordination with National HIV Testing Day, Konza Prairie Community Health will offer walk-in HIV testing – with no out-of-pocket cost – for anyone in the community on Tuesday, June 27, 8 am to 5:30 pm at our Junction City clinic – 361 Grant Avenue in Junction City.
If not treated, the virus can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. In the United States, HIV is mainly spread through sex or sharing needles with someone who is infected.
The CDC recommends everyone age 13 to 64 should get tested for HIV at least once; more frequently for those at higher risk of contracting the virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an estimated 1.2 million people had HIV in the U.S. at the end of 2021, the most recent year for which this information is available, and about 1 in 8 of them don’t know they have the virus.
Anyone can be infected with the virus and there are more prevention ways than ever to help protect against HIV. Using strategies such as abstinence, limiting the number of sexual partners, never sharing needles, and using condoms the right way, can lower the risk of HIV infection.
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a once-a-day pill that, when taken correctly, can be 99% effective in preventing HIV.
PrEP is SAFE. Some people experience mild side effects which usually go away over time.
Konza Prairie Community Health Center prescribes PrEP medication for persons who are at risk for HIV. Contact your medical provider to see if PrEP is right for you.
PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is medicine taken to prevent HIV after a possible exposure. PEP should be used only in an emergency and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV.
Although there is no cure for HIV, the virus can be controlled with proper medical treatment. If diagnosed and treated early, a person with HIV can live a long life. Konza Prairie Community Health Center can provide treatment for persons who are at risk for or are living with HIV.
Learn more about how to protect yourself with CDC’s HIV Risk Reduction Tool