News Flash

Department of Health & Human Services

Posted on: June 25, 2018

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

Local health officials are reminding people it’s always important to get tested and know your HIV status in recognition of National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday, June 27. Humboldt County recently saw a spike in newly diagnosed cases, and the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.

HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is an autoimmune disorder that destroys cells that fight disease and infection. While HIV is treatable, it is most contagious in its early stages when someone may not know they have the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says an estimated 1.1 million people in the United States live with HIV and 1 in 7 of them are unaware they have it. CDC recommends everyone get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime and those in high-risk groups get tested once a year or more.

Particularly high-risk groups include gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, along with people who have recently had a sexually transmitted infection, and those with multiple sex partners met through hook up apps or websites. People who inject drugs or have sex under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are also at increased risk.

Health officials advise getting tested and avoiding the following risk factors:

  • Multiple or anonymous sex partners, especially those met through hookup apps or sites
  • Unprotected sex
  • Sex or needle-sharing with at-risk partners.

In addition, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can decrease the chances of becoming infected by preventing HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body upon exposure. The CDC recommends people in high-risk groups talk to a medical provider to determine if they should use PrEP to lower the risk of transmission.

For more information or for free, confidential consultation and testing, contact the Public Health Clinic at 707-268-2108 or email freehivtest@co.humboldt.ca.us.

-###-

Follow us on Twitter: @HumCoDHHS and

Facebook: facebook.com/humcodhhs

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day (PDF)
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Department of Health & Human Services

Seventh annual Wellness Week kicks off

Posted on: August 12, 2019
SpringConnect2019_sm

DHHS Connect Summer 2019

Posted on: July 3, 2019
DHHSConnect_Spring2019

Spring 2019 DHHS Connect

Posted on: April 19, 2019

Wet weather test period extended

Posted on: March 29, 2019

Wet weather test period begins today

Posted on: February 11, 2019
WinterDHHSConnect

Winter DHHS Connect

Posted on: December 17, 2018

Make holiday food safety a priority

Posted on: November 19, 2018

Dry weather test period extended

Posted on: October 1, 2018
DHHSConnect-Summer2018

DHHS Connect - Summer 2018

Posted on: September 6, 2018

Sixth annual Wellness Week planned

Posted on: August 2, 2018

This single question can save a life

Posted on: June 12, 2018

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Posted on: May 17, 2018
DHHS Connect Spring 2018

DHHS Connect Spring 2018

Posted on: April 18, 2018

CWS opens Office of the Ombudsperson

Posted on: April 13, 2018

LAMP approved by North Coast Water Board

Posted on: February 22, 2018

Wet weather test period begins today

Posted on: January 29, 2018
SquareCover-Winter2018

DHHS Connect Winter 2018

Posted on: January 11, 2018

Start 2018 with emergency preparedness

Posted on: December 21, 2017

Make holiday food safety a priority

Posted on: November 21, 2017

Final LAMP available for review

Posted on: October 31, 2017
10-2017_Square-NewsFlash

DHHS Connect Fall 2017

Posted on: October 4, 2017

Dry weather test period extended

Posted on: October 3, 2017

Cyanobacteria confirmed in Big Lagoon

Posted on: September 1, 2017
DHHSConnect0717

DHHS Connect Summer 2017

Posted on: July 11, 2017

Low-cost rabies vaccines available

Posted on: May 10, 2017

New Public Health Director Named

Posted on: May 3, 2017

Redwood Coast Career Fair Tuesday

Posted on: April 26, 2017

Wet weather test period extended

Posted on: April 17, 2017

Career Fair scheduled for May 2

Posted on: April 14, 2017

DHHS Connect Spring 2017

Posted on: April 10, 2017

Cal-Learn helps young parents thrive

Posted on: March 17, 2017

Make preteen vaccines a priority

Posted on: February 14, 2017

Dog tests positive for rabies

Posted on: February 7, 2017

Cervical health promoted

Posted on: January 27, 2017

Kick smoking for good in 2017

Posted on: January 11, 2017

DHHS Connect Winter 2016-2017

Posted on: December 28, 2016

Keep the holidays happy with food safety

Posted on: December 21, 2016

Volunteers needed for Point-in-Time count

Posted on: December 15, 2016

Wet weather test period opens

Posted on: December 12, 2016

World AIDS Day recognized Dec. 1

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Veterans' service recognized year-round

Posted on: November 8, 2016

Housing campaign exceeds goal

Posted on: November 2, 2016

DHHS Connect Oct. 2016

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Housing campaign hits goal early

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Orleans cat tests positive for rabies

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Blue-green algae warning issued

Posted on: July 15, 2016

Redwood Coast Career Fair Friday

Posted on: May 16, 2016

Be a hero to a foster child

Posted on: April 15, 2016

Don’t forget preteen vaccines

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Wet weather test period opens

Posted on: December 21, 2015

FluMist Available Now

Posted on: December 3, 2015

Serve up food safety this holiday season

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Schedule back-to-school vaccines now

Posted on: August 17, 2015

World Breastfeeding Week Fair at WIC

Posted on: August 3, 2015

Blue-green algae warning issued

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Keep water recreation fun and safe

Posted on: June 11, 2015

Low-cost rabies vaccines available

Posted on: May 12, 2015

May is Mental Health Month

Posted on: April 30, 2015

Career Fair May 15

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Gonorrhea rates up in Humboldt County

Posted on: April 17, 2015

West Nile testing starts April 15

Posted on: April 14, 2015

Vaccines for Preteens

Posted on: February 10, 2015

Foster families urgently needed

Posted on: January 30, 2015

Cervical health promoted

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Folic acid needed for pregnancy success

Posted on: January 6, 2015

Wet weather test period opens

Posted on: January 5, 2015

Flu season likely to be severe.

Posted on: December 18, 2014

DHHS offers flu vaccines

Posted on: October 8, 2014

Take precautions against swimmer’s itch

Posted on: September 4, 2014

Blue-green algae warning issued

Posted on: July 18, 2014

Take precautions against ticks

Posted on: June 27, 2014