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Protect Yourself

Its what you do that puts you at risk for HIV infection.

HIV doesn’t discriminate based on who you are. HIV is transmitted through having sex & sharing needles. Anyone who is having unprotected sex or sharing needles is at risk for HIV infection. Knowing you & your partner’s HIV status, using condoms & abstaining from needle sharing reduces your risk. The bottom line is if your HIV negative, protect yourself. If your HIV positive, protect yourself. Below you’ll find some everyday things that you can do to reduce your risk of HIV infection.

Safer Sex & What That Means

Safer Sex makes people think of a lot of things but it simply means sexual activity where people have taken steps to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.

One of simplest safer sex product is the condom. Knowing where to get condoms and how to use them correctly drastically reduces your risk of HIV infection. It’s simple! Use a latex or polyurethane condom that fits and a water or silicone based lubricant. Carefully remove the condom and throw it in the trash when you’re done! Talking with your partner and planning ahead increases your chances of success!!

Drug Use & Concerns

There are many reasons people use drugs or alcohol before having sex. Getting loose, having fun, relaxing are some things young men might hear when being pressured to use. Some drugs can impair your judgment and place you at a higher risk for HIV transmission. When judgment is impaired people might do things sexually that they might not normally do like having sex without a condom.

Alcohol when misused has been linked to high-risk sexual behavior and can be extremely dangerous when mixing it with other drugs, as one drug might amplify the effects of another. It’s a good idea to limit or avoid using drugs and alcohol before or during sex to increase your chances of making safer sex decisions that you are comfortable with.

Get Tested

Information on HIV testing sites near you.

If you are sexually active consider getting tested for HIV (and other STI’s) at least once a year. When you decide to get tested for HIV ask about the “Rapid Test” which can give you preliminary HIV test results in as little as 20 minutes!!
Be sure to learn your results and talk about it. If your results come back HIV negative, ask about ways that you can stay HIV negative. If your results come back HIV positive test, ask what your next steps should be. Below you will find locations near you for HIV testing.

Good Samaritan Project (Kansas)

630 Minnesota Suite 202, Kansas City Kansas 66102

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Closed

Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care

340 Southwest Blvd Kansas City, Kansas 66103

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Closed

Good Samaritan Project (Missouri)

3030 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64108

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Closed

Kansas City Missouri Health Department

2400 Troost Ave Kansas City, MO 64108

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Closed

Swope Health Services

3801 Blue Parkway Kansas City, MO 64130

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 7:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Closed

Kansas City CARE Clinic (Prospect Location)

3515 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 09:00AM-5:00PM
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Closed

Kansas City CARE Clinic (Broadway Location)

3515 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Saturday (every 3rd) 9:00am–noon

Get Treated

Information on HIV treatment sites near you.

An HIV diagnosis is not the death sentence that it used to be. The good news is that early treatment is helping people living with HIV can lead full and productive lives. If you’ve been told that you are HIV positive its okay to let yourself be scared but don’t let this fear keep you from doing everything you can to take care of yourself. Below you will find locations near you for treatment when you’re ready.

Good Samaritan Project (Missouri)

3030 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64108

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Closed

Kansas City Missouri Health Department

2400 Troost Ave Kansas City, MO 64108

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Closed

Kansas City CARE Clinic (Prospect Location)

3515 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 09:00AM-5:00PM
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Closed

Kansas City CARE Clinic (Broadway Location)

3515 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111

Hours

  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Saturday (every 3rd) 9:00am–noon