HIV Prevention


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(502) 574-5600
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The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has established an HIV
prevention program consisting of three components:

Our program offers prevention case management services and workshops about
reducing the risk of HIV transmission. The department includes special emphasis
programs for injection drug users, sex trade workers, African Americans, Hispanics and
LatinX, and LGBTQ+ persons. Our staff also conducts online and field outreach,
distributing free condoms and other safer sex supplies to Louisville residents.


How soon after exposure can I be tested for antibodies:

HIV: 23 to 90 days after an exposure
Hep C: 8-11 weeks


HIV is only transmitted 4 ways:

● blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal secretions or breast milk.

4 easy ways to prevent HIV

  1. No sharing of needles or safer injection supplies
  2. Condoms and lubricant during penetrative sexual intercourse. Click here to see a list of locations where free condoms are provided.
  3. PrEP - a once daily pill that is 99% effective in preventing HIV if exposed during sexual intercourse
  4. Treatment as prevention; Undetectable = Untransmittable.



Hep C
Hep C is transmitted primarily through exposures to blood or bodily fluids that contain

Most common exposures include:

  • Injection-drug use (currently the most common mode of HCV
  • transmission)
  • Birth from an HCV-infected mother
  • Sex with an HCV-infected person
  • Sharing personal items contaminated with infectious blood (i.e., razors or
  • toothbrushes)

Less common exposures include:

  • Unregulated tattooing
  • Needlestick injuries in health-care settings


Easy ways to prevent Hep C:


  1. No sharing of needles or safer injection supplies
  2. Practice safe sex
  3. Avoid direct exposure to blood or blood products
  4. Sharing personal items
  5. Choose tattoo and piercing parlors carefully

If you are concerned about other STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases), you can be
evaluated at our Specialty Clinic. The Specialty Clinic diagnoses, treats and educates
patients with gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and other STDs.




- University of Kentucky



- KY PrEP Specifics
- PrEP Copay Assistance


HIV Treatment

Norton Healthcare Infectious Disease Institute

4950 Norton Healthcare Blvd Suite 303, Louisville, KY 40241

(502) 629-6498


University of Louisville Ryan White Program and 550 Clinic

UofL Hospital Ambulatory Care Building

550 South Jackson St., 2nd Floor






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