HIV Prevention Programs Come to an End in Benton/Franklin Counties
HIV Prevention Programs, including risk reduction education, condom distribution, partner services, testing and counseling have been offered since the mid 1980s by Benton Franklin Health District.
However, these services come to an end today.
The Department of Health in conjunction with the State HIV Prevention Planning Group made the decision to align prevention services in Washington State with the CDC National Aids Strategy. This strategy encourages funding to be shunted to the areas of highest incidence of infection. In Washington State these are Spokane, Vancouver, and Seattle metro area. Benton and Franklin counties are considered moderate incidence areas.
What this means for Benton and Franklin counties is:
HIV Testing and Counseling will no longer be available at the Health District for individuals other than those who need partner services (partner of an already known HIV positive individual). All HIV testing will need to be arranged through individual medical providers, whether it is the emergency department, urgent care, or medical provider office.
Condoms will no longer be available through HIV funded sources. Limited amounts will still be available through the Region X Chlamydia Project.
HIV prevention and risk reduction interventions to high risk populations will no longer be conducted in Benton and Franklin counties.
Funding for HIV Case Management will continue as usual through the Health District.
If you have questions, please contact Heather Hill at 509-460-4232 or Dr. Amy Person at 509-460-4550.