We Will Change the Future of HIV/AIDS
It's no longer a dream. We will change the future of HIV/AIDS. There is not a cure or vaccine yet, but remarkable advances have transformed HIV from being a deadly infection to a manageable, chronic disease. The future of HIV/AIDS is in our hands.
What you can do - Test, Talk, PrEP, PEP, Treatment, End Stigma.
HIV Testing Services
Testing is knowledge and knowledge guides the journey.
- If you are gay, bisexual, or if you are a man who engages in sexual contact with other men, every 3 – 6 months.
- If you inject drugs, every 3 – 6 months.
- If you have unprotected vaginal or anal sex with multiple partners, every 3 – 6 months.
- If you do not find yourself in any of these categories, you are at decreased risk for HIV. The testing recommendation is once every year.
Free, confidential HIV testing is available throughout the Denver metro area. Find a testing site near you.
An open and honest conversation between sexual partners about one’s HIV status should be as common and natural as talking about sexual preferences and desires.
Open discussion decreases the possibility of HIV transmission, and honest conversations without guilt and shame reduce fear and anxiety and increase the joy and passion.
Here are some suggestions to start the conversation.
Prevent Transmission of HIV with PrEP
Pre-exposure phrophylactics (PrEP) is an extremely effective way to reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission. A person without HIV takes HIV medicine daily, as prescribed by a healthcare provider. PrEP is most effective when combined with other prevention efforts, including using condoms and counseling.
Most insurances and Medicaid will cover the cost of PrEP medications.
For more information about how to access PrEP call 303-602-8710 or 303-602-3652.
Learn more about PrEP.
Prevent HIV Infection after Possible Exposure with PEP
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is an effective method of preventing HIV infection after a possible exposure from a known source.
PEP therapy must begin within 72 hours after a risk event and typically consists of daily prescribed HIV medications for four weeks.
For more information about how to access PEP call 303-602-3540 or 303-602-3652.
Learn more about PEP.
For those living with HIV, daily use of prescribed medications makes it possible to manage the infection. They prevent it from dividing and spreading in the body limits the body, and nearly eliminate the risk of transmitting the infection to another person.
Anyone living with HIV and not already in care can contact a Linkage to Care counselor or call 303-603-3652.
Guilt, shame and fear are disabling emotions that will not end HIV.
With appropriate medical care, antiretroviral medication, and active participation in one’s own health care, the life expectancy of a person living with HIV is approaching that of a person without the virus. HIV is not inevitable. It is not a moral failing. It is a disease that can be treated and managed.
Resources to help end HIV stigma include The Stigma Project and the HIV Equal campaign.