HIV Prevention

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness offers 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.
 

HIV, STI testing and safe sex supply locations

Many tests are free. Insurance is accepted. If you don’t have insurance some locations can assist you with getting insurance. Some locations offer payment on a sliding fee scale or will bill you for payment after your visit. Be sure to ask about cost and billing at the time of your appointment or walk-in visit.

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Name of
 organization 
Location
Confidential testing provided
Safer sex supplies
 available

933 Goss Ave.
 Louisville, KY 40217

HIV

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; 
dental dams

914 East Broadway  Louisville, KY 40204

HIV; Hep C Virus (HCV); Syphilis; Gonorrhea Chlamydia; 
mycoplasma genitalium and trichomoniasis. 

External condoms;
Nitrile gloves

2215 Portland Ave. 
Louisville, KY 40212

HIV; HCV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia; PrEP also available.

External condoms

  • UK Target 4 

7219 Dixie Hwy
 2nd floor 
Louisville, KY 40258

HIV, HCV

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication

400 East Gray St. and mobile sites 

HIV, HCV

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; dental dams; nitrile gloves

550 S. Jackson St.,
 Louisville, KY 40202

Rapid HIV testing for community. Full panel of screening labs available for individuals receiving medical care. PrEP is also available.

External condoms; Internal condoms; Lubrication; Dental dams; Nitrile gloves; PEP is provided in Partnership with the UofL Emergency Department via directly referral and Peer Coordination follow-up
 to 550 Clinic 

530 S. Jackson St.
 Louisville, KY 40202

HIV; HCV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia. PrEP is also available.

Nitrile gloves;
emergency contraceptive

436 S. 7th St., Louisville, KY 40203

None

External condoms;
Internal condoms

3015 Wilson Ave. Louisville KY 40211

HIV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia; Trichomoniasis. 
PrEP is also available.

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; emergency contraceptive;
 dental dams

1425 W. Broadway
Louisville KY 40203

HIV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia;
Trichomoniasis. 
PrEP is also available.

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; emergency contraceptive;
 dental dams

3828 Bardstown Rd Louisville KY 40218

HIV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia;
Trichomoniasis. 
PrEP is also available.

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; emergency contraceptive;
 dental dams

501 Taylorsville Rd Taylorsville, KY 40071

HIV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia;
Trichomoniasis. 
PrEP is also available.

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; emergency contraceptive;
 dental dams

1130 W. Chestnut St Louisville, KY 40203

HIV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia;
Trichomoniasis. 
PrEP is also available.

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; emergency contraceptive;
 dental dams

5901 Greenwood Rd Louisville, KY 40258

HIV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia;
Trichomoniasis. 
PrEP is also available.

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; emergency contraceptive;
 dental dams

500 W Broadway Eminence, KY 40019

HIV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia;
Trichomoniasis. 
PrEP is also available.

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; emergency contraceptive;
 dental dams

234 Amy Ave.
Louisville, KY 40212 

HIV; Syphilis; Gonorrhea/Chlamydia;
Trichomoniasis. 
PrEP is also available.

External condoms; internal condoms; lubrication; dental dams; nitrile gloves; 
emergency contraceptive 

Key points
  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system.
  • If HIV is not treated with medication called antiretroviral therapies (ART), HIV can progress to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Currently, there is no effective cure for HIV.
  • Once people get infested with HIV, they carry the virus for life.
  • With proper medical care, HIV can be well controlled and never progress to AIDS.
  • HIV medicines stop the virus from making copies. This is called Viral Suppression. When a person with HIV is virally suppressed, they cannot pass the infection to others. This status is called HIV Undetectable.
  • HIV Undetectable = HIV Untransmittable (U=U) HIV Status Neutral – A concept where HIV-positive people can’t infect anyone and HIV-negative people can’t get infected.
HIV Prevention
  • With proper medical care, HIV can be well controlled and never progress to AIDS.
  • HIV medicines stop the virus from making copies. HIV medicines stop the virus from making copies. This is called Viral Suppression.
  • When a person with HIV is virally suppressed, they cannot pass the infection to others. This status is called HIV Undetectable.
  • HIV treatment is 100% free funded through the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
  • HIV case managers are an available resource to help one navigate the HIV care continuum (medical appointments, housing assistance, mental health services, establishing insurance, prescription treatment, etc.
HIV Myths - HIV is NOT spread by:
  • Insect bites: mosquitoes, ticks, or other insects.
  • Saliva, tears, or sweat.
  • General interaction with people living with HIV, including hugging, shaking hands, sharing toilets, sharing dishes, or a closed-mouthed kiss with someone who is living with HIV.
  • Sexual activities that don’t involve the exchange of body fluids: foreplay, touching, mutual masturbation.
  • Transmission through the air. Exposing a used syringe to air does not kill HIV.
  • HIV is not a gay disease. Everyone has an HIV status.
  • HIV is not AIDS – AIDS is the most severe stage of HIV infection.
  • HIV treatment is NOT too expensive for anyone
    • HIV treatment is FREE and federally funded through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
    • All persons living with HIV qualify for treatment support services.
How soon after exposure can I be tested for antibodies?
  • HIV: 23 to 90 days after an exposure
  • Hep C: 8-11 weeks
HIV prevention basic info

HIV is only transmitted 4 ways:

  • blood
  • semen (including pre-ejaculate)
  • vaginal secretions
  • breast milk
4 easy ways to prevent HIV

1. No sharing of needles or safer injection supplies. (For more information, visit LIVE HIV Free.)
2. Condoms and lubricant during penetrative sexual intercourse.
3. PrEP - a once daily pill that is 99% effective in preventing HIV if exposed during sexual intercourse
4. Treatment as prevention; Undetectable = Untransmittable.

PrEP Info

- KY PrEP Specifics 
- PrEP Copay Assistance


Hep C prevention

How is Hep C transmitted?

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

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:
  • No sharing of needles or safer injection supplies
  • Practice safe sex
  • Avoid direct exposure to blood or blood products
  • Sharing personal items
  • 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.

For more information, see the CDC

 

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