Prevention

Keeping you and your partner(s) safe is important. People with HIV have an increased risk of contracting other sexually transmitted infections.

Frannie Peabody Center case managers and prevention staff can help by supplying you with safer-sex education and materials. Even if you are not sexually active, it is important to stay informed.

Free rapid HIV testing: We provide free rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing in Cumberland and York counties. We also offer walk-in testing at our main office every Wednesday from 2-6. We use a quick and pain-free oral swab test. Stop by our walk-in hours, or make an appointment by phone or on our website.

Education: Becoming educated about HIV/AIDS can keep you and your partner(s) healthy. We can provide you with information and refer you to educational opportunities in the community.

PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis): Medication is available for people who are at risk for contracting HIV. We can give you information about how to prevent transmitting HIV to your partner(s) using PrEP.

PEP (Post-exposure Prophylaxis): We can refer you to emergency resources for PEP. PEP involves taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected. PEP must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV, but the sooner you start PEP, the better. (www.cdc.gov)

Needle exchange programs: If you are a person who injects drugs, we can connect you to local needle exchange programs.

Safer sex products: Our office provides free condoms, lubricants, dental dams, female condoms, and information about using safer sex products.