HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Public presentations are given upon request to community agencies including schools, churches, social organizations, and businesses. The Health Department regularly participates in community health fairs as a means to provide outreach. HIV information is provided regularly through our Substance Abuse, Family Planning, Healthy Start and Sexually Transmitted Infection programs.
HIV/AIDS COUNSELING & TESTING
HIV rapid testing is available for eligible clients. Anonymous and confidential testing is offered to the public at no charge. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are accommodated whenever possible. Each client receives client-centered pretest counseling to promote behavior change to prevent infection, or if infected, to prevent transmission to others. All clients who test positive are referred and assisted in accessing HIV specialty medical care, partner notification and referral services, case management, and any other available supportive service.
HIV/AIDS CASE MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Medical and/or non-medical case management services are available to all HIV infected clients in Somerset County. Medical case management is a collaborative, ongoing process that assists clients in gaining timely and coordinated access to medical care, psychosocial, and other supportive services as needed. Non-medical case management provides assistance in accessing appropriate services on an as-need basis without regular follow-up. Referrals are accepted from providers or patients themselves.
HIV SEROPOSITIVE CLINIC
The Health Department hosts a monthly clinic to provide HIV specialty medical care. Services are provided by Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc. Fees are based on a sliding scale for non-insured clients. Private clinicians may refer clients for consultation as needed. Residency in Somerset County is not required.