Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a sexually transmitted infection that weakens the immune system by destroying cells in the body that fight disease and infection.
Currently, there is not an effective cure for HIV; however, HIV can be controlled. MCPC offers testing for HIV, and PrEP to prevent the transmission of HIV. With medication, someone living with HIV can have the same lifespan as someone without HIV. We also now know that when taking effective HIV treatment, someone living with HIV cannot transmit HIV through sex, even if condoms aren’t used.
- HIV is spread through vaginal or anal sex or by sharing needles and syringes used to inject drugs.
- Testing includes a blood test.
- If test results indicate you do have HIV, the providers at MCPC will offer assistance and connect you with a provider who specializes in HIV management.