HIV Prevention

**This Site Contains HIV Prevention Messages That May Not Be Appropriate For All Audiences.**

Image_Red ribbonSummit County Public Health's HIV Prevention Program serves a 6-county region that includes Summit, Portage, Trumbull, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.  Ohio’s HIV Planning model, instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1994, was updated in 2012. Federal funds for HIV prevention programs are distributed through the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to local regions which identify their local HIV/AIDS high-risk populations and recommend programming to reach those populations using High Impact HIV Prevention methods. SCPH works with our local HIV Planning Group, the Northeast Ohio Regional Advisory Group (NEORAG), to develop a high impact HIV Prevention Plan which has identified four target populations for HIV prevention efforts in our service area: 

1) Men who have sex with men (MSM)
2) African-American men who have sex with men (AA-MSM) 
3) Intravenous drug users (IDU) 
4) High risk youth

Regionally, SCPH currently funds and/or provides technical assistance to five agencies that implement HIV Prevention Services in community-based organizations (CBOs), AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and local health departments to target these populations in our community. Those programs are detailed on the MORE INFORMATION • FORMS page. Click on the tab above for more information.

Summit County Public Health is funded by ODH to provide Partner Services and Linkage to Care through case management and support services for our clients in the 6-county HIV/STD Prevention Region 3. The HIV/STD Prevention Program Supervisor and HIV Prevention Program Coordinator are responsible for overall coordination of SCPH’s HIV/STD prevention programs and ODH funded HIV testing sites throughout the six county region. We are proud of the leading role that the Summit County Public Health has played in the response to HIV/AIDS since 1985, and will continue to maintain our leadership position as long as HIV remains a public health issue in our community. For questions or further information, please contact Jamie Cammilletti, HIV Prevention Program Coordinator, at 330-812-3919 or by e-mail at jcammilletti@schd.org


 


Northeast Ohio Regional Advisory Group
is the HIV Prevention Community Planning Group for the counties of Summit, Portage, Trumbull, Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula.  Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NEORAG

 

 

HIV-Prevention Program Partners

Summit County Public Health partners with community agencies to offer HIV Prevention services in six counties: Summit, Portage, Geauga, Lake, Ashtabula, and Trumbull.

The Community AIDS Network works to prevent the further transmission of HIV through education and risk reduction efforts, as well as provide housing assistance and other services to people affected by HIV. Community AIDS Network targets outreach efforts to Men who have Sex with Men (MSM). This is accomplished through several types of interventions in the community, including structured individual-level interventions in conjunction with HIV testing, and one-on-one outreach at MSM-frequented gathering places.

The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland in collaboration with AIDS Healthcare Foundation receives funds to offer free, anonymous, confidential testing through their mobile unit in Summit County.  ATFGC provides HIV testing and counseling services during non-traditional hours and settings in an effort to reach target populations. In addition, they offer confidential counseling for dealing with many aspects of HIV/AIDS, including health services, psychological support, prevention, and treatment of HIV and AIDS.

HIV counseling, testing, and partner notification services are considered an essential component of the community's efforts in HIV prevention. Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio receives funding to provide HIV testing and counseling on-site and at various community locations. In addition, Planned Parenthood does outreach activities within their health center and in the community. PPGOH targets men who have sex with men, youth, high risk heterosexuals, African-American men who have sex with men, and intravenous drug users.

Summit County Public Health refers HIV patients to AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio), which is a community-based, not-for-profit agency. ARC Ohio uses a holistic approach to address the physical, emotional and social needs of those living with HIV/AIDS in a way that brings hope, healing and empowerment. They provide medical care, pharmacy and other direct services, and target populations are reached though testing, prevention and outreach activities.

Finally, Lake County General Health District as well as Portage County Health Department and Warren County Combined Health District partner with Summit County Public Health to provide Counseling, Testing, and Referral Services (CTRS) as well as conducting community outreach activities within their respective counties.

 

 

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