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Mobile HIV Testing Unit (MTU)
Regular human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing of persons at risk is critical to HIV prevention. On average the organization performs, 132 free HIV tests on-site per year. The mobile HIV testing program is still in its early planning stages with staffing, designating routes and times and collaborating with community partners to provide access to target populations. This mobile HIV program was developed to provide HIV testing, counseling, education and linkages to primary care services. The funding for the mobile testing van allows for the expansion of free HIV testing, counseling, and education services into rural counties in North Idaho. The outreach vehicle will initiate mobile HIV testing services in North Idaho serving counties in Health District 1: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone; and Health District 2: Clearwater, Latah, Idaho, Lewis, and Nez Perce. The outreach program will assess the impact of this funded project to explore future implications for mobile HIV testing, counseling, education and prevention.
- Providing multiple populations with health education materials (i.e. HIV, STI, and pre-exposure prophylaxis – PrEP);
- Free and confidential HIV testing, risk reduction counseling and education;
- Condom distribution;
- Providing linkage to care: case management care, supportive services, and treatment
Mobile HIV testing is innovative and an important step towards delivering HIV services directly to multiple populations in a specified risk criteria (men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), sex workers (SW) and their clients, sex with people who inject drugs, heterosexual females who have sex with MSM, transgender, sex with anonymous partners or multiple partners) and in multiple settings (pride events, health fairs, substance abuse programs, and courts,). The strategy is to conduct targeted testing to get high-risk populations in for testing by creating access to care to reduce HIV transmission.
Goals of the program include:
- Improve access to HIV prevention, care and linkage to treatment to reduce HIV transmission;
- Reaching high-risk and hard-to-reach populations to test;
- Testing at an earlier stage of HIV;
- Increase HIV testing;
- Improve collaborations with community partners to provide access to populations at high-risk for HIV transmission
The mobile HIV testing program will reach those segments of populations who are at risk or hard to reach or people who are unable to visit health clinics due to transportation or economic barriers will slowly close the gap to cost-effective HIV care.
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 by 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).