HIV Prevention and Testing
HIV prevention is using a number of methods to reduce or eliminate the risk of HIV transmission between people. HIV can be transmitted in three main ways:
- Sexual transmission
- Transmission through blood
- Mother-to-child transmission
Universal HIV prevention methods include HIV testing and counseling, condom use, circumcision, family planning and sex education. HIV prevention programs aim to implement and scale-up these HIV prevention methods at the community, local and national level.
What is HIV?HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus
AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It is transmitted through blood and other bodily fluids such as semen and breast milk. If you have unprotected sex, use intravenous drugs or share needles, you are at a higher risk of contracting HIV. Pregnant women can also pass the HIV virus to their babies.
Tests screen for HIV antibodies in your body. If you have contracted the HIV virus, your body will produce antibodies in an attempt to fight it off. Most people develop these antibodies within 3 to 6 months of infection.
If the test finds these antibodies, you definitely have HIV. If you take an HIV test earlier than 3 months after exposure to the virus, you might get an unclear test result - because you may not have developed the HIV antibodies yet. That's why it's important to get tested more than once if you feel you may have been exposed to HIV.
What is a STD?
Sexually transmitted diseases (also known as STDs — or STIs for "sexually transmitted infections") are infectious diseases that spread from person to person through intimate contact. STDs can affect men and women of all ages and backgrounds who are having sex — it doesn't matter if they're gay or straight.
STDs are more than just an embarrassment. They're a serious health problem. If left untreated, some STDs can cause permanent damage such as infertility and even death. If you have sex, you may contract an STD, along with subtle or noticeable STD symptoms. Straight or gay, married or single, you're vulnerable to STDs and STD symptoms, whether you engage in oral, anal or vaginal sex.
Who is at risk of getting an STD?
If you're having unprotected sex, you are at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease. There are many different types of STDs, all with their own symptoms and signs - and many show no symptoms at all. That's why it's important to be tested regularly for STD infections if you have unprotected sex, especially if you have many partners.
For more prevention information visit:
4012 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75219Dallas County Health and Human Services
Regular business hours: Testing by appointment only.
Monday, Wednesday: 9a.m.-6p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 9a.m. – 5p.m.
Friday: 9a.m. – 4p.m.
Sunday: Closed HIV and syphilis testing only, walk-ins accepted.
Tuesday, Thursday: 4-6:30pm
Saturday: 11am – 4:30pm
Dallas County Health and Human Services offers testing for sexually transmitted diseases at the department’s central office location and in the mobile medical unit.North Dallas Shelburne Health Center – Dallas, TX
The clinic is located on the first floor of the DCHHS building, 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, in Room 100.
Services offered can include testing, some same-day results, an exam and treatment. The fee is $20.
The STD clinic offers confidential testing for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, HIV, Herpes with symptoms, Trichomonas, Chancroid with symptoms and Yeast Infections.
Diagnosis is based on client symptoms, medical history, STD exposure and lab results.
Medication is offered on-site to treat clients for their infections. Preventable treatment is also provided for clients exposed to STDs.
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, the clinic closes at 4:30 p.m.
Call 214-819-1819 at 7:45 a.m. for a same-day appointment.
DCHHS’ mobile medical unit travels to various locations within Dallas County. The mobile clinic offers free testing for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. In some cases, rapid results for HIV and Syphilis are available, as well as treatment for STD infections. Call 214-819-2155 for more information.
9100 N. Central Expwy, #169AIDS Arms
Dallas, TX 75231
351 W. Jefferson Blvd. #300