Kentucky has been identified as one of 7 states in the country that is at highest risk of an outbreak of HIV. Garrard, Rockcastle and Estill Counties have been listed on the CDC’s 220 counties across the nation most vulnerable to an HIV outbreak.
Estill County ranks #25 on this list.
Rockcastle County ranks #40.
HIV prevention is a real and present public health need in our communities. As a Community Health Center, White House Clinics is responding to this need.
HIV is most frequently spread through unprotected sexual activity and the sharing of injection drug equipment. Because many of our communities continue to experience a high level of stigma around sexual behaviors, substance use, and HIV, we know that many of our patients and community members may be hesitant to be open with their provider about their risk for contracting HIV.
To make HIV testing and prevention easily accessed by members of our communities, we’re bringing services out of the clinic and into the community. Our Primary Care HIV Prevention team can offer community-based HIV testing, access to PrEP for HIV prevention, and other primary care treatment and screenings.