Talk to Teens about Sex to Stop Spread of HIV

According to the government’s Office of Adolescent Health, adolescents who have sex early are less likely to use protection, putting them at a greater risk of pregnancy and STDs. Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from a survey of high school students in 2013: 47% had ever had sexual intercourse. 34% had sexual intercourse… Continue reading Talk to Teens about Sex to Stop Spread of HIV

Is PrEP Right for You?

A significant medical advancement in the fight against HIV/AIDS is PrEP – short for pre-exposure prophylaxis. People at risk of getting HIV can take a daily pill to greatly reduce their risk of infection. The pills – under the brand name Truvada or Descovy  – contain two medicines used in combination with other medicines to treat… Continue reading Is PrEP Right for You?

What You Need to Know About a HIV Test

We provide free HIV testing at Palmetto Community Care, administering more than 100 tests each month. Our services are critical in the fight against HIV. Too many people (about 1 in 5) are living with HIV and don’t know it. That means they may very likely be unknowingly spreading the disease. About 50,000 people are… Continue reading What You Need to Know About a HIV Test

Undetectable = Untransmittable.

CDC Supports the Science U equals U. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken note of what scientific research has confirmed over the last few years: when HIV-positive individuals take their medication and thus achieve undetectable levels of the virus, they are unlikely to spread HIV. For quite some time, many experts and… Continue reading Undetectable = Untransmittable.