HIV/AIDS Prevention

Contact

Outreach Worker
509-962-7028

Health Department Front Desk
509-962-7515

communityhealth@co.kittitas.wa.us

The HIV/AIDS Prevention program offers testing and counseling services, educational presentations, case management, blood borne pathogen and HIV awareness training, and outreach to at-risk individuals to help reduce the spread of HIV infection in Kittitas County.

Services Available

Testing and counseling services

Confidential and anonymous testing for HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis C including pre- and post-test counseling with a trained professional.
Free rapid hepatitis C testing is now available!

What's the difference between confidential and anonymous? All medical records are kept confidential. Clients will be assured that their test results will only be shared with them and no one else. If a court of law requested that an individual to be tested, then the court would have to issue an order stating who would need to know the results other than the client him/herself. At the follow up visit the client is given their results and any referral information if necessary. Call (509) 962-7028 for an appointment. Fees are calculated on sliding fee scale.

Never Share Syringe Exchange

The Never Share syringe exchange is open every Thursday from 12:30p.m. to 3p.m. at the Methodist Church in Ellensburg, 210 S. Ruby Street.
Syringe exchange details

Training on overdose prevention and how to use Narcan available during syringe exchange hours.
Call the Exchange Coordinator at (509) 962-7028 for more information.

Blood borne pathogen and HIV awareness training

One and two hour blood borne pathogens and HIV/AIDS awareness trainings are offered upon request. An on-site class for an organization costs $140 for a one hour blood borne pathogen update training and $175 for a two hour training.
To request an on-site training, call (509) 962-7515.

Issues

Since the 1980s, HIV and AIDS have impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. Through education, prevention work, and outreach, the spread of HIV/AIDS can be slowed and eventually halted all together. Although the incidence of new infections across the globe are down people still need to keep their guard up. You can decrease your chances of contracting HIV/AIDS or another blood borne pathogen by learning about how to protect yourself and your loved ones. The Kittitas County Public Health Department outreaches to over 1,000 individuals most at risk, annually through a variety of avenues.

Facts & Figures

  • An average of 517 people are diagnosed with HIV each year in Washington State. (Washington State Department of Health, 2009-2013)
  • 30% of newly diagnosed individuals were between the ages of 25 and 34; 27% were between age 35 and 44, and 14% were between the ages of 13 and 24. (Washington State Department of Health, 2009-2013)
  • 57% of HIV cases are among White, non-Hispanic, individuals; 17% are among Black, non-Hispanics; and 16% are among Hispanic individuals.
  • 35 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS in 2013. (UN AIDS)
  • 2.1 million new HIV infections were diagnosed in 2013 worldwide. (UN AIDS)
  • 1.5 million people worldwide died of AIDS in 2013. (UN AIDS)

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