Monroe County, Indiana

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Outreach Testing & HIV/HCV Prevention

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In the spirit of meeting people 'where they're at,' 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 Hep C is only available by appointment until further notice. Please contact Harm Reduction staff for more information or to make an appointment. 

SSP OUTREACH

MCSSP mobile outreach will be offered out of the parking lot at 601 S. Walnut (formerly White Rabbit Printing) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-2 until further notice. Evening hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays remain at the Indiana Recovery Alliance brick and mortar location. 

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.

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, contact Kaytie LaLoux at klaloux@iuhealth.org or 812-235-2548

HIV and Hepatitis C Testing and 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. 

Testing

We 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. 

For more info about HCV:

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. 

Prep/pep

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Penny Caudill,
Health Administrator
Health Building
119 W 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47404
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  • Phone: (812) 349-2543
  • Fax: (812) 339-6481
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