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Outreach Testing & HIV/HCV Prevention

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In the spirit of meeting people 'where they're at,'  Monroe County Harm Reduction programming, including the Monroe County Syringe Service Program (MCSSP) aims to increase the harm reduction services in the community by taking services out of the clinic and bringing them closer to where people need them the most. 

COVID-19 related changes to services

TESTING

Due to COVID-19, testing for HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) is available by appointment or during Public Health in Parks tent-based outreach until further notice. Please contact Harm Reduction staff for more information or to make an appointment. See below for hours of operation. 

SSP OUTREACH

Services, both mobile and at storefront, will be provided via window service only until further notice. Participants are asked to wear a mask to receive services and will be provided a face covering as available to those who do not have one. 

Please note: Due to supply chain and funding shortages, the SSP is only allowing 2 boxes per person per visit to the SSP until further notice.

CURRENT PREVENTION SERVICES (as of 6/2021)

HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention 

The Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) Harm Reduction Educator offers free and confidential referrals and safer use supplies during Syringe Service Program mobile outreach hours, or by appointment. These services are in addition to the Syringe Service Program outreach offered by the IRA staff and volunteers during their regular business hours. 

All injection related supplies provided are available for distribution in order to reduce opportunities for the spread of bloodborne illnesses such as HIV, HCV and HBV as well as soft tissue damage, infection, endocarditis and other injection related harms. 

Providing an opportunity for testing for HIV and HCV allows individuals to more quickly receive treatment to manage or cure the disease. 

HIV & hepatitis C testing

Public Health in Parks programming is a partnership between the Monroe County Health Department, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, IU Health Positive Link and Centerstone. One component of this partnership involves a weekly opportunity for free HIV and hepatitis C testing in city parks (nearly) every Monday from 3-5 pm through November 2021, weather permitting. MCHD and Positive Link alternate weeks outside of major holidays to provide testing for anyone who needs it. MCHD provides testing services most 2nd & 4th Mondays. 

1st & 2nd Monday from 3-5pm testing is at Switchyard Park outside of the sub-station on the north end of the park next to the pedestrian bridge and basketball courts. 

3rd & 4th Monday from 3-5 pm testing is at Seminary Park in a tent set up closest to College Avenue. 

In parks, or at the office, MCHD staff use rapid HIV and HCV antibody tests that process in less than 30 minutes. That means that you will have a result the same day that you come in for a test. 

REFERRALS:

HIV Treatment/case management

If you have been diagnosed with HIV and are in need of medication and/or other support services, please contact IU Health Positive Link. They are able to assist with medication, case management, and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) the HIV prevention medication.

Hepatitis C Treatment 

If you have already been diagnosed with Hep C and are seeking treatment, care coordination is available. In the past few years there have been a number of restrictions lifted for access to treatment, including no longer requiring a minimum liver fibrosis score, as seen on this Indiana State of Medicaid Access Report Card. There are now also a number of care coordinators throughout the state to assist in connecting to a treatment provider. Locally, if interested in Hep C treatment and care coordination, ask your primary care doctor or contact Kaytie LaLoux at klaloux@iuhealth.org or 812-235-2548. You may also seek services through Bloomington HealthNet (formerly Volunteers in Medicine)

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For more info about HIV:

PrEP/PEP

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) are medications to prevent HIV infection for people who are at risk for HIV infection. We are lucky to have Positive Link, a program of IU Health Bloomington Hospital Community Health, here in Bloomington. Positive Link provides a continuum of services for people who are at risk or living with HIV/AIDS. If you are interested in learning more about PrEP or PEP to see if it is right for you, call (812) 353-9150 and ask to speak with a PrEP Navigator. 

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