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Mobile HIV Testing Unit (MTU)
The mobile HIV testing unit (MTU) service is still in its early planning stages. The outreach vehicle will initiate mobile HIV testing services in the northern region and north central region of Idaho that encompasses the state’s ten most northern counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, Clearwater, Latah, Idaho, Lewis, and Nez Perce, which is referred to as North Idaho.
The MTU will provide HIV testing to reach communities with limited access to health resources, limited transportation, underinsured and are of a low-income status. The strategy is to conduct targeted testing to get high-risk populations in for testing by creating access to HIV care and prevention to remove stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS status. Removing these barriers encourage more people to learn their status earlier, and by doing so, potentially reduce HIV transmission. The MTU will aid in getting more people tested at an earlier stage of HIV with a cost-effective option that is viable for improving wellness in communities served.
The MTU is a viable cost-effective method to access the rural areas of Health District 1 and Health District 2. The MTU will reach those segments of populations who are at risk for HIV infection by bringing free HIV screening. By doing so, we can slowly close the gap to access to HIV health care. The services will provide clients with educational materials, risk reduction counseling, access to safe sex tools such as condoms, and provide information on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Those who are tested positive for HIV can be immediately linked to medical case management services, prescription assistance, medication adherence counseling, housing assistance, emergency financial assistance, dental and vision referrals, support group, emergency food assistance, monitoring labs, transportation to medical appointments, and referrals to community services. All client services are client-centered with emphasis on quality of life, self-determination, and dignity without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or religious preference.
We are interested in working with community partners in northern Idaho and north central Idaho to collaborate on reaching populations that are at high-risk groups. The MTU will enhance HIV prevention efforts, HIV care and service delivery in rural communities in northern Idaho.
HIV 101 Education (free)
Provides comprehensive HIV 101 prevention presentations to educate, raise awareness and remove stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS status. The goal of the presentation is to educate individuals about prevention of transmission of HIV. Please call to schedule a free HIV 101 education presentation to learn more about ways to prevent HIV infection.
HIV Prevention (free)
HIV prevention program includes HIV testing, counseling and referrals to health care providers, condom distribution. In 20 minutes know your status with Rapid HIV test.
Hepatitis C testing (free)
HCV testing is provided to high-risk individuals, counseling, and referrals to healthcare providers. In 20 minutes know your results with Rapid HCV test.
Medical Case Management
Provides case management services to clients that evaluate, assess and implement case management care plans based on client needs. Our medical case managers collaborate with healthcare providers to meet client needs, as well as continual monitoring of the client’s wellness through a continuum of care model that is client-centered.
Ryan White Part B – Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, funding provided from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Provides low-income and uninsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS linkage to HIV-specific medical care services, primary medical care services, monitoring labs, transportation to medical appointments, social support services, community resources, housing, intake services for other programs, Medicare Part D prescription drug plan wrap-around services, and Idaho ADAP.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
Provides low-income and uninsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS access to antiretroviral (ARVs) at no cost. Medicare part D provides Medicare Part D prescription drug plan wrap-around services including payment for drug plan copays and coverage gap costs.
Idaho AIDS Drug Assistance Program (IDGAP)
Provides Medicare Part D prescription drug plan wrap-around services including payment for drug plan copays and coverage gap costs.
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HIV (HOPWA) – Idaho Housing and Finance Association, Managed by U.S. Housing and Urban Development
Provides funding to help low-income persons with AIDS/HIV gain access to housing and services, with the primary goal of meeting basic needs. Rental assistance, supportive services (case management, psychiatric services, medical expenses, housing counseling), and short-term assistance (rental assistance and utility assistance).