HIV Testing & Counseling

 

 

The Central Michigan District Health Department offers confidential and anonymous HIV testing at the main office - 2012 E. Preston (corner of Preston and Isabella Road), Mt. Pleasant. Certified testing/counseling personnel are available to assist those individuals requesting HIV testing.

Individuals interested in receiving an HIV test need to call: (989) 773-5921 ext. 1409 and make an appointment. To assist you in planning your visit, it generally takes 25-35 minutes to complete the required forms and to obtain a sample. The Central Michigan District Health Department utilizes two testing methods that are equally reliable for HIV testing:

 

  1. Blood sample (finger stick)

  2. OraSure Testing (an oral test with no blood drawn).

 

For persons testing for the first time, the components of the initial visit are:

 

  • Reviewing confidentiality policies of testing as established by the State of Michigan and Notice of Privacy Practices Act.

  • Reviewing health information pertaining to HIV / AIDS.

  • Completion of a risk assessment.

  • Discussing and establishing a risk reduction plan (as needed).

  • Obtaining a blood or oral fluid sample for testing.

 

The return visit consists of receiving the test result and clarifying any questions that the client might have pertaining to the test, HIV/AIDS or STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases).  Individuals who have tested are instructed at the time of the initial visit that they need to call the health department to make a follow-up appointment in order to receive the HIV test result.  Usually test results are available within 14 days.  Follow up visits usually take no more than 10 minutes.

 

The Central Michigan District Health Department encourages individuals to receive an HIV test especially if a risk indicator is identified.  A risk indicator would be one or more of the following:

 

  • People who have or had a sexually transmitted disease (STD)

  • People who have shared needles or who have a history of any drug use, and those engaging in sexual behaviors while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

  • Men who have sex with other Men.

  • Men or women who have unprotected sex with anyone whose HIV status is unknown.

  • People who have had more than one sexual partner.

  • People who have had sex with prostitutes (male or female)

  • People who received blood products or blood transfusions between 1978 and 1985.

  • People who exchange sex for drugs or money.

  • People who are infected with tuberculosis.

  • People who have had exposure to the blood of someone who may be infected.

  • People who have had sex with any person from the above list, particularly with injecting drug users.

  • Women who are pregnant** If a woman is pregnant and has experienced one or more of the risk factors noted above she may be infected and pass the HIV virus on to her unborn child while being pregnant, during delivery and following birth through breast feeding her baby.                                                                                                 

 

NOTE:  A PERSON CAN HAVE HIV INFECTION FOR MANY YEARS WITHOUT HAVING AIDS OR LOOKING OR FEELING SICK.

 

REMEMBER:  THERE IS NO CURE FOR HIV/AIDS; HOWEVER THERE IS TREATMENT AVAILABLE.

 

ALSO:  SOMETIMES A PERSON CAN HAVE ANOTHER KIND OF STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) WITHOUT ANY SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS.  SOMETIMES THE SYMPTOMS GO AWAY ON THEIR OWN, BUT THE INFECTION IS STILL THERE UNTIL IT IS TREATED. WE WOULD RECOMMEND TESTING FOR ALL STD'S.

 

Links:

 

Effects of HIV on the Human Body

http://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-aids/effects-on-body\

 

AVERT-AIDS Education

www.avert.org

 

Center of AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)

www.caps.ucsf.edu

 

CDC - National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention

www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/nchstp.html

 

Kaiser Family Foundation - HIV/AIDS

www.kff.org/section.cgi?section=hivaids

 

The Body: An AIDS & HIV Information Resource

www.thebody.com/harvard/hardvard.html

 

UNAIDS

www.unaids.org

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