The HIV program at the Washoe County Health District seeks to reduce HIV infection through education, data collection, and counseling, testing and referral.
Services We Provide:
- Data on HIV, AIDS, and risk behaviors
- HIV counseling
- HIV testing
- Referrals for individuals living with HIV
- Education about how to prevent HIV
- Assistance to community based organizations
- Evaluation of HIV programs in the community
- Notifying partners and other contacts about possible infection
We seek to empower individuals to decrease their risk, so we can also decrease new HIV infections in our community.
Northern NEVADA Outreach Team (NNOT)
NNOT strives for prevention and awareness of HIV in our community. This is made possible through education, prevention materials, skill building, harm and risk education, and opportunities for the community to test for HIV in non-traditional venues.
NNOT is a collaborative effort, which began in January 2000, when several organizations joined together to prevent HIV in Northern Nevada. NNOT sponsors special events related to HIV in our community.
Currently these agencies include:
- 5 Star Saloon
- American Red Cross
- High Sierra AHEC
- Latino Pride
- Nevada AIDS Foundation
- Nevada Hispanic Services
- Nevada State Health Division
- Nevada Urban Indians
- Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
- Reno AIDS Task Force
- UNR School of Public Health
- Washoe County Health District
- CDC-INFO: 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or 1-888-232-6348 TTY
For more information or to get involved in NNOT, call 775-328-3647 email: email@example.com
- Sexual Health Program Annual Report 2009 (PDF, 236 KB)
- Sexual Health Mid-Year Report 2009
- Sexual Health Program 2008 Sexual Health Report
- Sexual Health Mid-Year Report 2008
- Sexual Health Program 2007 Sexual Health Report (228 KB, PDF)
- Nevada HIV Prevention Plan 2006-2008
- Nevada Epidemiological Profile 2004
- Washoe County Annual Communicable Disease Summary 2004
- Washoe County Resource Directory 2005
- Nevada State Health Division
- Extensive Sexual Health Links
- Frequently Asked Questions about HIV/AIDS
- Centers for Disease Control HIV/AIDS Resources
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jennifer Howell at 775-328-3647
HIV testing confidential hotline: 775-328-2671
Whom We Test:
The Washoe County Health District offers HIV testing for the following individuals only:
- Men who have sex with Men (MSM)
- Injecting drug users (IDU)
- Partners of MSM and/or IDU
- Victims of sexual assault
- Pregnant women
- People with a confirmed, concurrent STD
- People who ask for a test
- People who have an opportunistic infection
- Partners of HIV+, MSM, and IDU
When Services Are Available:
Hours of Operation : 8a - 5p (before or after hours by appointment)
Number to Call for an Appointment: 775-328-2671
Where We Are Located:
Washoe County Complex
1001 East 9th Street
Reno, NV 89512 (near the intersection of I-80 and Wells)
How Much It Will Cost:
Cost: Sliding Fee / Free testing opportunities are available.
What Is An HIV Test?
Other Testing Locations:
If you are not on the list above and you want to get a test somewhere else, you can get an HIV test at:
- Outreach Testing Available by Appointment - 775-328-2671
- Northern Nevada HOPES 775-348-1302
- Planned Parenthood Mar Monte 775-688-5550
- World AIDS Day (December 1)
- National HIV Testing Day (June 27)
- Reno Gay Pride and other Community Events...
Are you in need of HIV Care? If you or someone that you know is HIV positive and not receiving HIV care, maybe we can help! All services are confidential. Call 328-2671 or email: email@example.com
Condoms may not work as well against STDs spread through skin-to-skin touching, like herpes and genital warts, because condoms may not cover the infected areas.
Following these basic rules will reduce the already small chance of condom failure: - Experiment with different condoms and practice putting them on before intercourse. - Practice talking with your partner about your desire and intention to use condoms. - Use latex (rubber) or polyurethane (plastic) condoms. Avoid "natural skin" condoms, which have tiny holes, which may allow HIV and other STDs to be transmitted. - When using a male condom choose one that fits. Male condoms come in different sizes, shapes, and styles, but most condoms will fit most men. - Another choice is the Reality condom, which is made of polyurethane and is designed to fit inside the woman`s vagina for vaginal sex, and the anus for anal sex. Use the directions from the manufacturer that come with Reality condoms. - Open and handle condoms carefully. Never use a condom that is in a damaged package or is past its expiration date. Condoms should be stored loosely in a cool, dry place (not in your wallet or the glove compartment of your car) and kept where you can easily get them if you decide to have sex. - To reduce friction that can cause breakage, use plenty of water-based lubricant on the outside of the male latex condom and a small amount on the inside at the tip. With the Reality condom use plenty of lubricant on both the inside and outside. Some condoms come with lubricant, but often there is not enough, so additional lubricant is recommended. Never use oil-based lubricants like Vaseline, hand cream, Crisco, or mineral oil with latex condoms. Oil-based lubricants can rapidly break down latex and allow the virus to pass through. Water-based lubricants include K-Y Jelly, Slippery stuff, ForPlay, Astroglide, ID Lubricants and most contraceptive jellies. These can be found in grocery or drug stores next to the condoms. WARNING: Some lubricants contain nonoxynol 9, which can cause irritation. This irritation may increase the risk of HIV transmission. We do NOT advise the use of nonoxynol 9 or products containing it for STD and HIV prevention!
- The male condom should be put on after erection and before any sexual touch. Remember that pre-cum is also infected with HIV. The Reality condom should go in before sex - it can be inserted up to 8 hours before use. Never use the Reality and the male condoms together or two male condoms at the same time. - Some male condoms have a reservoir tip; some don`t. In either case, the tip of the condom should be squeezed while rolling it down onto the penis in order to leave an airless pocket to collect semen. If the penis is natural and has a foreskin, try pulling back the foreskin before unrolling the condom all the way down to the base of the penis. Some men don`t like to pull back the foreskin because they`ve found that the condom slides off when the foreskin is pulled back. If you have trouble with this, consider keeping the foreskin down before putting on the condom or try using a Reality condom with your partner. - After intercourse, withdraw the penis while still erect, holding the base of the condom to prevent it from slipping off or spilling semen. Remove the condom and wash the penis with soap and water. - Use a condom only once and dispose of it in the garbage; do not flush condoms down the toilet. Never reuse a condom. - Use a condom EVERY TIME during sex when transmission or acquisition of HIV is possible.
There is no risk of getting HIV from: donating blood mosquito bites toilet seats shaking hands hugging sharing eating utensils or drinking containers food or objects handled by people with HIV or AIDS spending time in the same house, business or public place with people who have HIV or AIDS
Drug use (including use of alcohol) can impair judgment and decision-making. This can increase risk for HIV, especially if you have sex while high. High or not, you can successfully use condoms and clean injection works. Plan ahead, carry condoms and stick to your prevention plan. *A person does not need a prescription to purchase syringes in Nevada. However, a pharmacist may refuse to sell to people based on their own judgment.
A negative HIV antibody test result means that a person does not have detectable HIV antibodies at the time of the test. Since it can take up to 3 months after HIV infection for enough antibodies to develop, a negative test result is reliable only if the person has not had any sexual or needle-sharing risk behavior (or other exposure to infectious body fluids) during the 3 months prior to testing. Some people with recent risk behavior will test HIV antibody negative, yet may have actually been infected during the previous 3 months. These people will be highly contagious and may easily transmit HIV to their sex and needle-sharing partners. A high proportion of HIV transmission may occur when people are unaware of their infection. Finally, a negative test result does not mean that a person is safe from future HIV infection. People who test HIV antibody negative are urged to continue to follow HIV prevention guidelines to avoid becoming infected. People who continue risk behaviors are advised to re-test at least every 6 months.
A positive HIV antibody test result means that HIV antibodies are present because the virus is present - the person is infected with HIV (with the exception of newborn babies who are born with their mothers` antibodies). A positive test does not mean the person has AIDS, although many HIV-positive people may develop AIDS in the future. Anyone who tests HIV-positive can transmit the virus to others, regardless of how long they have been infected, whether they have AIDS or other symptoms, or whether their HIV infection is being treated with antiretroviral drugs. It is extremely important that HIV-positive people follow HIV prevention guidelines, not only to protect their partners from getting HIV infection, but also to protect themselves from other germs that could cause HIV/AIDS-related disease. People at increased risk of HIV infection should NEVER donate blood, plasma, or other organs, or go to such facilities to be tested.
- Private health care provider
- A Rainbow Place - 789-1780
- Nevada AIDS Foundation - 329-2437
- Nevada Hispanic Services - 826-1818
- Planned Parenthood Mar Monte - 688-5560
- HOPES - 348-1301
- men who have sex with men - injecting drug users - partners of men who have sex with men - partners of injecting drug users - those who present with an opportunistic infection - contacts (partners) of HIV positive individuals - victims of sexual assault
Everyone is eligible and encouraged to seek education and information regarding HIV and STDs. Educational services are offered free of charge.