New Service: Rapid HIV Testing at Douglas County AIDS Project

The Douglas County AIDS Project is happy to announce that as of January we will now offer free rapid HIV testing by appointment.

DCAP is excited to have this opportunity to work very closely with the community to reduce the transmission of HIV in Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson Counties. We look forward to testing more individuals in the next year and expanding our services to more populations in this region.

The Clearview HIV 1/2 test can give you a rapid HIV test result in 15 to 20 minutes. This technology is ideal for those that would like to know their HIV status in a short period of time. The test is very simple to perform and requires a very small sample of blood that is collected by a finger prick.

Individuals that would like to schedule an appointment for rapid testing will need to contact our office and schedule an appointment. Interested persons should plan to schedule 30-45 minutes per appointment.

Please contact DCAP for more information: 843-0040 or visit: www.douglascountyaidsproject.org

Tagged: HIV, RAPID testing, prevention, health

Comments

dcaped 1 year, 7 months ago

Rapid testing for HIV has become one of the most prominent ways that people receive HIV tests today!

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm sure that's the case because the agonizing wait for the result is virtually eliminated. I was recently tested for HIV and hepatitis, and the wait was only one day. But, I wasn't worried at all, since I haven't experienced any risk factors for over ten years, unless there is a new air borne or skin based vector of transmission.

HIV gets all of the publicity, but I've been told that hepatitis C actually kills more Americans than AIDS, although I do not know how factual that is. Hepatitis C is incurable, you will have it for life, and I believe that cirrhosis of the liver is likely to be your fate, although it is likely to be at an advanced age.

A test for hepatitis C specifically is generally not performed, because there are so many different strains of hepatitis today, and they are all deadly. Instead, a complete liver profile is done, and if that checks out, you're fine.

If you check into the VA hospital, the first thing you are tested for is tuberculosis in a two step process that takes about eight days, if you are inpatient that long. I was surprised and asked the nurse, wasn't tuberculosis eliminated long ago?

"No, we see it every day." She was talking about in Topeka.

These days everyone should know how to avoid fatal diseases. If you don't, ask someone who does before you pay the ultimate price.

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