Hill County HIV Community Prevention

FREE CONDOMS AVAILABLE AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT!

Our Philosophy

We seek to empower individuals to decrease their risk, so we can also decrease new HIV infections in our community.

Get Tested!

The most commonly used HIV tests detect HIV antibodies - the substances the body creates in response to becoming infected with HIV. There are two different tests that can be done, a rapid test or the conventional test. Read on for more information on the two tests.

Conventional HIV Test

  • Blood Test
  • Sent to a laboratory
  • Can take a week or two before you know your results

Rapid HIV Test (99.6% - 99.8% Accurate)

  • Finger poke
  • Results are available in as little as 15 minutes

Whether you do the conventional HIV test or the rapid, a positive HIV test result means that a person may have been infected with HIV. All positive HIV test results must be verified by a second "confirmatory" HIV test.

If your test result shows that you have HIV, we will talk with you about the need to let your sex and needle-sharing partner(s) know that they should get tested for HIV. Help is available!

HIV/AIDS Information

Facts about HIV/AIDS

1.  HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV can be passed by

  • Unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral sex without a condom) with a person who has HIV
  • Injecting drugs with needles or equipment used to inject drugs of a person who has HIV
  • A woman who has HIV can pass it to her baby during pregnancy, birth or through breastfeeding
  • Through broken skin
  • Through wet mucous membranes (mouth, eyes, vagina, end of penis)

2. Body Fluids that carry HIV

  • Blood
  • Semen
  • Pre-ejaculation or "pre-cum"
  • Vaginal secretions
  • Breast Milk

3.  What increases your risk

  • Having any sexually transmitted diseases like Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Genital Warts, Herpes, Hepatitis B or C
  • Having sex when under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Sharing needles and syringes
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Having multiple sexual partners

4.   How to decrease your risk of getting infected

  • DO NOT HAVE CONTACT with another person's BODY FLUIDS
  • -- USE male or female CONDOMS with water based lubricant EVERY TIME you have SEXUAL CONTACT (vaginal or rectal)
  • Use a condom consistently and correctly when having sex
  • Use a plastic or latex "DAM" for ORAL SEX
  • NEVER SHARE NEEDLES for body piercing, injecting drugs, or tattooing
  • Know the HIV status of your partner(s)

5.   HIV/AIDS is no longer a "death sentence."  There are treatments that help people living with HIV stay healthy. Getting tested early will help you get the most from your health care.

6.   HIV testing is important for women before or during pregnancy. Treatment can reduce the chance that a woman with HIV will pass the virus to her infant.

7.   HIV testing is confidential. We may share your HIV test results with other providers when the information is needed for your health care. The names of people who have HIV and other STDs, like syphilis and gonorrhea, are confidential and sent to the State Health Department. This helps the State Health Department plan services for people with HIV.

8.   If your HIV test result is reactive (positive), we will talk with you about the need to let your sex and needle-sharing partner(s) know that they should get tested for HIV. Help is available.

9.   Your HIV test is voluntary. We will answer any questions you have about HIV testing.

HIV Resources

Montana STD/HIV Info. Line 1-800-233-6668
CDC National AIDS Hotline 1-800-342-2437
National Association of People with AIDS 202-898-0414
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center 510-444-2051
Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc. 1-800-243-7692
Project Inform National Hotline 1-800-822-7422
National Catholic AIDS Network 707-874-3031
Montana DPHHS HIV/STD Information
Montana STD/HIV Information Line: 1-800-233-6668
CDC National AIDS Hotline: 1-800-342-2437
National Association of People with AIDS: 1-202-898-0414
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center: 1-510-444-2051
Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc. 1-800-243-7692
Project Inform National Hotline: 1-800-822-7422
Montana DPHHS HIV/STD Information
Nine and a Half Minutes - ACT against AIDS
Center for Disease Control - HIV/AIDS

HIV Testing and Counseling

There are many reasons to have an HIV test. HIV counseling & testing is an important part of good health care, The only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested. It is now possible to have an HIV test and receive your results the same day.
When you present for an HIV test, just inform the front desk that you are there for confidential testing. Your name will not be taken and a counselor will confidentially meet with you.

Partner Notification

If your test is positive, sex and needle sharing partner(s) need to be notified and given the opportunity to receive counseling and testing. This is a very sensitive task. Public health personnel can either tell your partner(s) or help you determine how best to tell your partner(s). By law, public health personnel cannot tell your partner(s) the time or place of possible infection or your identity.

Ryan White Services are available at the following locations:

  • Cascade City-County Health Department 115 4th St. South Great Falls, MT 59401 (406) 454-6950
  • Butte-Silverbow Health Department 25 West Front St. Butte, MT 59701 (406) 497-5020
  • Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department 1930 9th Ave. Helena, MT 59601 (406) 443-2584
  • Yellowstone City-County Health Department 123 S. 27th St. Billings, MT 59101 (406) 247-3376
  • Flathead City-County Health Department 723 5th Ave. East Kalispell, MT 59901 (406) 751-8113
  • Missoula City-County Health Department Partnership Clinic 323 West Alder Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 258-1186
  • Gallatin City-County Health Department 12 North 3rd Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 582-3100

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States is REAL
Get the Facts!

Before we can stop an epidemic, we first have to recognize the magnitude of the disease. HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS.  1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, 1 in 5 are unaware of their infection.  And even though there are treatments to help people with HIV live longer than ever before, AIDS is still a significant health issue.

Alarming Facts:

  • Every 9 ½ minutes (on average), someone in the United States is infected with HIV.
  • More than 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV
  • Of those 1 million people living with HIV, 1 out of 5 do not know they are infected!
  • Despite new therapies, people with HIV still develop AIDS.
  • Over 1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with AIDS
  • More than 14,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the United States.

HIV cannot reproduce outside the human body. It is NOT spread by:

  • Air or water (pools/bath tubs)
  • Insects, including mosquitoes
  • Saliva, tears or sweat
  • Casual contact like shaking hands or sharing dishes, hugging, toilet seats
  • Kissing (unless open sores are present in the mouth)

How to avoid getting infected:

  • Don t have sex at all (anal, vaginal, and oral sex)
  • Only have sex if you are in a relationship with 1 person and you have both tested negative for HIV
  • Use male or female CONDOMS with water based lubricant EVERY TIME you have sexual contact (vaginal, oral or anal)
  • Use a plastic or latex "DAM" for oral sex
  • NEVER SHARE NEEDLES for body piercing, injecting drugs, or tattooing
  • Locate an HIV and STD testing site near you by TEXTING your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for assistance.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
KNOW YOUR STATUS!

Ongoing Community Outreach Available!