HIV Testing and Education

Portage County Health District is one of Ohio’s HIV counseling and testing sites. We provide FREE anonymous and confidential HIV tests and one-on-one HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling services to clients at risk for HIV infection. By providing individuals with their HIV status and providing individual counseling, the goal of this program to encourage persons to adopt sexual behavior modifications that may reduce the transmission of the HIV/AIDS virus.

HIV tests are oral, no needles involved. Results in 30 minutes.

Clients who test positive for the virus will receive assistance through referrals to a medical infectious disease specialist and a variety of agencies, programs, medical care, and more.

To learn more about HIV prevention and education or to schedule an appointment, call Kat at 330-296-9919, ext. 107.

HIV Facts & Frequently Asked Questions:

HIV is spread by blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and/or breast milk getting from an infected person into another body. This frequently happens through:

  • Unprotected sexual contact (vaginal, oral, anal) with an infected person.
  • Sharing needles for injectable drug use, tattooing, or piercing with an infected person.
  • From a mother infected with HIV to her baby through pregnancy or breast feeding.

Who should be tested for HIV?
Anyone who has had unprotected sex (any kind) or shared needles (any kind) with someone whose HIV status is not known.

When should you be tested for HIV?
The most accurate time to get tested is 6 months after the last risky activity involving unprotected sex or shared needles.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Be abstinent. Abstinence is 100% safe. This means no vaginal, oral or anal sexual intercourse.
  • Be monogamous. This means to have sex with only one partner who is only having sex with you. That partner should not be infected with HIV and should not share needles with anyone.
  • Use a condom, female condom, dental dam, or other protection for every sexual activity including vaginal, oral, and anal sexual intercourse.
  • Do not share needles for drug use, tattoos, or piercing.
  • Get tested if you have been involved in risky activities involving unprotected sex or shared needles.

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