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Health Department Offers HIV Help

October 08, 2018

 

The Department of Health can help you protect yourself against HIV.  Services are available at both offices.

 

  1. Use condoms every time (they are free at the health department in Spring Hill and Brooksville).
  2. PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis): if you are concerned about a risk of exposure to HIV or worry you may become HIV positive, you can get pills to take every day to greatly lower your risk of getting HIV. The pills (called Truvada) are free at the health department in Spring Hill and Brooksville; office visits are available by appointment.
  3. PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis): you take these pills for 28 days following a high-risk exposure to prevent HIV. You must start the pills within 72 hours of the exposure, so call or walk-in to the health department in Spring Hill and Brooksville as soon as you can.

 

Other HIV-related services we provide at both offices:

 

HIV tests are free; call to make an appointment. 352-540-6800.

 

If you have a rapid HIV test that is positive, we can get you started on treatment within just a couple of days.  The program is called Test and Treat.  Call for an appointment. 352-540-6800.

 

If you have HIV, we can provide treatment for you if you have no insurance.  We also take care of people with insurance.  Call for more information. 352-540-6800.

 

Free HIV medicine is available to those who are eligible; call for more information. 352-540-6800.

 

Health Department locations and hours:

Spring Hill                                        Brooksville

7551 Forest Oaks Blvd.                 300 South Main St.

Spring Hill, 34606                         Brooksville, 34601

Monday-Friday 8-5                      Monday-Wednesday 8-5

 

Contact information: 352 540-6800.