HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) attacks and weakens the immune system. It’s spread by coming into contact with the body fluids (blood, semen, rectal or vaginal secretions, and breast milk) of an infected person. Having sex, sharing needles, or between mother and child are the most common ways to become infected. To learn more, click here.
The Fulton County Board of Health provides HIV prevention services as part of our Sexual Health Services program. These services include:
HIV testing will be free or at a reduced cost depending on the circumstances of the individual. Condoms are free of charge. For all other services, the cost will depend on the health services that are provided. We accept debit/credit cards and several types of insurance. Please contact the health center where you wish to receive health services to confirm fees and the types of payment and insurance accepted. If you do not have insurance, fees for services may be billed based on a sliding scale according to income and family size.
To qualify, please bring the following documents to the health center at the time of your appointment:
- Proof of Fulton County residency (copy of lease, mortgage, or utility bill)
- Proof of income and family size (check stub)
- Insurance information
HIV Testing and Prevention Locations:
The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. By knowing your status, you can make informed choices for your own health and reduce the risk of transmission to others. For these reasons, the Fulton County Board of Health has an opt-out HIV testing policy, meaning that everyone who comes to a Fulton County Health Center for a medical service is offered, but not required, to have an HIV test.
Pre- Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a prevention method in which people who are not infected with HIV take one pill a day, that is prescribed by their doctor, to prevent getting HIV. Currently, the only medication approved by the FDA to use for PrEP is Truvada.
PrEP can provide a high level of protection when taken daily and in combination with condom use. PrEP does not help to prevent other sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy.
PrEP does not work after a person stops taking it or misses several doses as there may not be enough medicine in the bloodstream to block the virus.
For more information about Fulton County’s PrEP Clinic, call 404-613-4708.