HIV infection is a communicable disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which damages the body’s immune system, the system that fights infections. Without the immune system’s protection, the body is defenseless against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
Manitowoc County Health Department is a designated HIV Testing, Counselling and Referral Site for persons at high risk for contracting HIV. We provide both confidential HIV and Hepatitis C blood test by appointments only. Call the health department at 920-683-4155 for more information.
The following are behaviors that increase your chances of getting HIV. If you answer yes to any of them, you should definitely get an HIV test. If you continue with any of these behaviors, you should be tested every year. Talk to a health care provider about an HIV testing schedule that is right for you.
1. If you test positive, there are treatments that will help keep you healthier longer. Treatment is available even if you don't have health insurance.
2. If you know you have the virus, you can protect your sex or needle-sharing partners.
3. A woman thinking about having a baby needs to know if she has the virus since she could give it to her baby. A pregnant woman with HIV can take medicine that will help protect the baby from HIV.
It is the policy of Manitowoc County to comply with the equal opportunity policy and standards of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health Services and the Department of Workforce Development and all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations relating to nondiscrimination in employment and service delivery.