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August 2015

31
Aug

Here’s What’s Up: Week of August 31st

Good morning and happy Monday to all of you.  It is the last day of August, can you believe it?

Free HIV/STI Testing

Testing hours for Primary Health Care – Des Moines (1200 University Avenue)

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 – 2:00 pm

As always, you can schedule your appointment at projecthim.org/free-testing.

CLEAR

The new CLEAR webpage is now available.  You should also start seeing more literature about this wonderful program this week.  Brochures and posters are being distributed to our community partners such as Polk County Health Department and the local bars.

Save The Date!

LiveOutLoud-Teaser

The Project of Primary Health Care’s annual benefit is November 8th at Wooly’s in Des Moines’ East Village.  The official line-up will be announced soon, as well as ticket information.

If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Marissa at 515-248-1595.

 

 

24
Aug

Here’s What’s Up: Week of August 24th

It is Monday, and for many it’s the start of a new school year.  That also means that our Project HIM crew here at The Project of Primary Health Care will be embarking on another campus tour.  More details on this in the coming weeks.

We are excited to announce that we are working on providing HIV/STI testing at locations throughout the Des Moines metro, utilizing The Project’s van.  We’re still in the process of figuring out the logistics, but be sure to be on the look-out for our Mobile Testing Van (MTV) (Yup! That’s what we’re going to call it. I just decided.) sometime this fall.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get updates on our MTV’s location, testing time, and wait time.

In the meantime, our regular testing hours are as follows:

Testing hours for Primary Health Care – University Ave. clinic

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 – 2:00 pm

Testing hours for Primary Health Care – Ames clinic

  • Every 3rd Thursdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Reserve your spot on our online scheduler.  Select Primary Health Care – Ames for “Location”.

Schedule your free HIV/STI test here or call 515-248-1595.

17
Aug

Here’s What’s Up: Week of August 17th

Happy Monday from everyone here at Project HIM.  We’ve received a few questions concerning our recent post about the Determine™ HIV test.  We are happy to answer your questions submitted through our Facebook page, Twitter, or in the comment section.  Keep your questions coming.

Here’s what’s up for us this week.

Free HIV/STI Testing clinic.

Testing hours for Primary Health Care – University Ave. clinic

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 – 2:00 pm

Testing hours for Primary Health Care – Ames clinic 

  • Every 3rd Thursdays (August 20th) 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Reserve your spot on our online scheduler.  Select Primary Health Care – Ames for “Location”.

Schedule your free HIV/STI test here or call 515-248-1595.


Become a Community Health Educator.

Project HIM’s volunteer peer advocate program, the Street Team, is now the Community Health Educators. Under this new program, volunteers will gain valuable experience while helping in our mission to stop the spread of HIV in Iowa. We provide our volunteers with the education and training needed to serve at-risk population without shaming and free of stigma.

Community Health Educators will help promote a better understanding of HIV – in prevention, in treatment, and in linkage to care – that enriches the lives of the community they serve.

Check out our Volunteer page for ways you can be involved.

 


Let’s Focus On You!

Looking to make changes? CLEAR can help. CLEAR is a free counseling workshop for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as their partners.

For more information, visit our CLEAR page or call Brandon at 515-248-1584.

 

11
Aug

Know Your Status Sooner

We now offer the Determine™ HIV test, the first rapid test that detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and the HIV-1 p24 antigen earlier than 2nd and 3rd generation antibody-only tests.

HIV-1 p24 antigen can appear just 12-26 days after infection. HIV-1/2 antibodies first appear significantly later – 20 to 45 days after infection. It enables health care providers to diagnose HIV infection earlier allowing individuals to seek medical care sooner.

What else should you know?

  • It is CLIA waived for fingerstick whole blood.
  • Results in just 20 minutes, which means your appointment shouldn’t last more than 30 minutes.
  • It is reliable: Proved 99.9% overall clinical sensitivity for all sample types.

(Source)

 Click here to schedule your appointment.

10
Aug

Here’s What’s Up: Week of August 10th

Happy Monday! The Iowa State Fair starts this Thursday. With plenty of out of towner’s visiting the fair, there are plenty of opportunities to connect. Make sure that your HIV/STI status is up to date.

Free HIV/STI Testing clinic.

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 – 2:00 pm

Schedule your free HIV/STI test here or call 515-248-1595.


 

Clinic VisitsNational Health Center Week is August 9th – 15th.

Join Primary Health Care in their campaign to raise awareness on the importance of health centers. The Why Health Centers Matter campaign will run the entire week on PHC’s Facebook page. It will feature fun facts, statistics, and testimonials that highlights the difference health centers, such as Primary Health Care, make in the lives of the people in the community they serve.

Be sure to LIKE Primary Health Care on Facebook and SHARE  their posts.

 


Periscope and SnapchatFollow Project HIM on social media!

Add @Project_HIM on Snapchat and Periscope to get exclusive content and live streaming from our events!

 

 

3
Aug

Here’s What’s Up: Week of August 3rd

I can’t believe it’s already August. Where did the summer go? I swear it was just Memorial Day a hot second ago. Next thing you know it’ll be Labor Day. But before then, here’s what’s up at Project HIM this week.

 

Clinic

Our FREE HIV/STI Testing Clinic is back on its regular schedule. We offer Chlamydia/Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and HIV screening.

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 PM – 8 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM – 2 PM

CLICK HERE to schedule your appointment. You can also schedule an appointment for a PrEP consultation.


 

Live Out Loud

Members of the Live Out Loud (aka The Benefit) planning committee will meet this Wednesday at 5:30 PM at our 1200 University office.

You can still join the committee and help us plan this amazing event. If you are interested in joining the committee, or to learn more about the event, contact Callen Ubeda at 515-248-1591 or via email at communications@phcinc.net.

Live Out Loud is Sunday, November 8th at Wooly’s.


 

Red Hot Party

This Thursday, August 8th is The Project’s 23rd Annual Red Hot Party from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Iowa State Bar Association (map).

Sample food from area restaurants, drinks, and live music. Rekha Basu of the Des Moines Register and York Taenzer will be the night’s honorees. This annual celebration raises money for central Iowans living with HIV/AIDS.

Tickets are only $40 and can be purchased on eTapestry or at the venue on the day of the event.