FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2018
Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391
Health officials launch new STD/HIV testing website
The Department of Public Health and Human Services has launched a new website to make it easier for Montanans to find HIV testing sites.
The new website address is GetTested.MT.gov.
As part of National HIV Testing Day (June 27), DPHHS and local public health agencies are encouraging everyone who has never been tested for HIV to get tested now.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Sexually active gay and bisexual men and anyone who has injected drugs and shared needles may benefit from more frequent testing.
Public health partners are making it easier to find testing locations across Montana, many are free of charge and some offer anonymous testing in private settings. “People who perform the tests are highly skilled, non-biased and dedicated individuals who take pride in helping you determine your HIV or STD status,” said Dana Fejes of the DPHHS STD/HIV Prevention. “They can also connect you with any resources to help reduce your risk of being exposed to HIV.”
In 2017, Montana’s state-sponsored HIV testing network performed more than 2,000 HIV tests and found six individuals with HIV. Counselors are able to link clients directly to care and ensure they receive the services they needed to make choices that keep them healthy and protect others. In most situations, test results are ready in less than 30 minutes and most tests accurately detect any HIV one month after the last exposure.
Today, an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States, including about 700 Montanans. When recognized and treated, HIV is a manageable condition and people with it can live longer and healthier than ever before. Working closely with local partners, DPHHS supports case management and comprehensive HIV treatment services. Services are available statewide and case managers can help anyone with HIV navigate through various care options.
To find out more about sites that offer STD/HIV testing and related services visit GetTested.MT.gov.