HIV Services

HIV Early Intervention Services (HIV/EIS) is a program of Georgia DBHDD/Division of Addictive Diseases for HIV prevention and addiction recovery. Services include HIV and Hepatitis C pre and post-test counseling, educational materials and classes, safer sex supplies and STI education. The HIV/EIS Counselor makes regularly scheduled visits to our mental health, adolescent, residential and transitional housing facilities in addition to Cobb County universities, providing education and testing with results provided in 20 minutes. Our services educate and empower our clients to make healthy decision about their sexual practices. Confidentiality is maintained to enhance the process and encourage honest self-reporting. Community testing is available upon request. Please contact 770-514-2422 ext.1210 or stillett@cobbcsb.com to reach Shannon Tillett for details. Preferable way to contact is via email.

As of July 12 2018, we will be using a new HIV testing device. The device is, bioLytical Insti HIV antibody testing device. The device will yield results in 60 Seconds! Yes, 60 seconds. Earliest detection time is 3 weeks from exposure to the HIV virus. The window period for seroconversion of HIV still remains 90 days. Seroconversion is the period of time during which HIV antibodies develop and become detectable. Seroconversion generally takes place within a few weeks of initial infection. It is often, but not always, accompanied by flu-like symptoms including fever, rash, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes

Only certain body fluids (blood, semen including pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids and breast milk from a person who is HIV+ can transmit HIV.

The Opioid Crisis is fueling the HIV Epidemic and increasing numbers of Hep C cases nationally.

PrEP and Pep are two new Prevention tools. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) also known as Truvada, is a pill taken once daily (like a birth control pill) that will help prevent HIV transmission.

Pep (post-exposure prophylaxis) is taken within 72 hours of possible exposure to the HIV virus to prevent the infection from occurring.

Georgia is second in the Nation with the highest rates of new HIV cases. (CDC).

 

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