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Category: Promotion


5 Reasons Why You & Your Partner Should Get Tested Together


Most guys are pretty routine with their sexual health testing, but what happens to that routine when you’ve got a steady partner? Or a new partner? Instead of letting your testing behavior slump, why not consider Testing Together?

Here are four reasons you might want to consider Testing Together:

  1. QUICK, (MOSTLY) PAINLESS, & FREE – In about the time it would take the two of you to Netflix and Chill you and your partner can both get tested for HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. Your HIV test results are ready in as little as 20 minutes, with results for other STD screenings available in as little as 3-5 business days. Also, did we mention the tests are free of charge?
  2. STATUS UPDATE –Are you in a new relationship or have you added a new sexual partner into your rotation? Congrats! But unless you’ve both been tested during the last 24 hours, or have been abstinent since your last checkup, it’s a good idea to suggest mutual HIV/STI testing when starting a brand new relationship. Here at The Project, we use the Determine HIV test, which not only detects Antibodies but also detects Antigens, which could mean earlier detection for you and your partners. With this technology, you could both know your HIV status in as little as three weeks from your last unprotected sexual encounter or possible exposure to HIV. This way you’ll both have your most up-to-date HIV status – even if neither of you have had the time to update your relationship status on Facebook.
  3. TESTING BRINGS PEOPLE CLOSER – No, really. Whether you’ve been together 2 weeks or 2 years, learning how to have those conversations about testing habits and sexual health with a partner can be difficult. When you come in to test together with bae (boyfriend, partner, or whatever you call each other – because you’re “not into labels”), we can help you breach the subject. Doing this sets a standard for communication that can last throughout your entire relationship.
  4. OTHER PEOPLE –Whether you’re newly monogamous, choose to have a more open arrangement or recently stepped out on your fella – it’s time to get tested. This goes for whether you went all the way with your new playmate(s) or not. The truth is most guys won’t experience the classic symptoms of an STI and sex isn’t the only way to be exposed to an STI. Bacterial STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can be passed between partners through something as simple as oral sex. Other STIs like Syphilis don’t even require intercourse; heavy petting is all it takes. This all means that you might be putting others at risk, and when you think about it like that, testing just makes sense.
  5. BECAUSE YOU’RE BOTH WORTH IT The bottom line: Relationships are hard, and finding those individuals you want to keep in your life can be even harder. When you finally do find them, you want to protect them and you’d hope that they would want to protect you too. Getting tested is a quick and easy way to provide that protection and says a lot about where you stand. When you Test Together, what you’re actually saying is “I’m worth it, and I think you’re worth it too”.
Valentines day Testing Together



Sign up & complete “Testing Together” with your partner during the week leading up to Valentines Day (February 8th -12th).

CLICK HERE to learn more.


Happy Pride Des Moines!

It is Pride week here in Des Moines. The rest of Project HIM/The Project of Primary Health Care staff are busy preparing for this weekend’s festivities. As we have done in the previous years, we are providing FREE HIV and STD screening both Saturday and Sunday. (Saturday 3 pm – 7 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 4pm)

Project HIM 2015 Pride T-shirtThis year, we are offering the One-Minute INSTI HIV test along with other STD screening; including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. We are once again partnering with Polk County Health Department to ensure that we can accommodate a higher number of people wanting to get tested.

Be sure to stop by our booth this weekend. Our Saturday booth activity is going Totally 80’s (because Belinda Carlisle) with glow-in-the-dark slap bracelets, and an interactive Polaroid Social Media Booth. Sunday’s booth activity will have your opportunity to win this year’s Project HIM Pride t-shirt and other amazing swag,* all while learning about PrEP.

Find us at Pride, just look for the red tent next to an RV and Polk Co. Health Dept.’s trailer (the one that looks like a food truck).

* Project HIM sunglasses, clips, etc. (subject to availability)

YOUR OPINION MATTERS: Be a part of our Advisory Panel

As a member of the Project HIM Advisory Panel, you’ll have an important opportunity to express yourself. You’ll receive regular surveys and/or be ask to attend a focus group meeting about. Simply tell us what you like, what you don’t like, what’s working, and what doesn’t.

  • Are we not doing something you think we should do?
  • Like what you see on our social media sites, or events we sponsor?
  • Want to see something different or has great ideas on how we can improve our service?

Curious about how it works?

February is our first focus group meeting for current and potential members.

  • Try it out and decide if it’s something you’d like to do!
  • We will be reviewing our latest campaign for PrEP.
  • Tell us what date/time works for you on this DOODLE.

Proposed dates: Confirmed date: February 3rd, 5th, 10th, & 12th | 5:15pm or 6:30pm. |1200 University Ave. Des Moines | Refreshments will be served.

Confident that it’s for you?

Complete the Advisory Panel information sheet. Join us and let your voice be heard!


November Giveaway!

You Could Win A $50.00 Gift Card!

Get Tested & Win! Starting November 1st, if you get your HIV/STD screening with Project HIM (during our regular testing clinic hours, or at any of our outreach testing events) you’ll be entered into a monthly drawing for a $50 gift card to the any of the following businesses:

  • RAYGUN Shirts
  • Liberty Gifts
  • Romantix
  • Jordan Creek Mall
  • Merle Hay Mall
  • Valley West Mall

Schedule Your Appointment Now! 


To enter: get tested with Project HIM either at our 1200 University Ave. Des Moines location, or at any of our outreach testing events.
RULES: Only 1 (one) entry per person per 90 (ninety) days. 1 (one) winner each month. Winner will be determined through a random drawing by a Project HIM staff member. Winner will be notified by email or phone call, whichever contact information is provided. Winner has 30 (thirty) days to collect his/her prize, in person. After 30 days, the winner forfeits his/her prize. The Project of Primary Health Care/Project HIM are not responsible for lost of stolen gift card. Gift card can not be substituted for cash. Non-transferable. Employees of The Project of Primary Health Care are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited.

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Project HIM To Have Saturday HIV & STD Testing Hours



Project HIM To Offer Free HIV & STD Testing on the 1st Saturday of Each Month


September 2, 2014. Des Moines – Project HIM (Healthy Iowa Men) will extend their free HIV/STD testing clinic hours to include the first Saturdays of each month. Starting in September, the testing clinic will be more accessible to those who are not able to come during their regular clinic hours, or at their many outreach testing events throughout the community.


Clients can take advantage of the free HIV testing, as well as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea screenings. Syphilis tests will be provided on most of the first Saturdays, but is regularly offered on weekdays. No appointments necessary during the First Saturday Testing Clinics, but client’s are encouraged to book an appointment to guarantee a spot. Tests will be offered from 10am – 2pm.


Project HIM’s regular HIV/STD Testing Clinic Hours are as follows:


Mondays: 9am – 4pm

Tuesdays: 4pm – 8pm

Wednesdays: 9am – 4pm

Thursdays: 4pm -8pm

Fridays: 9am – 2pm

Any client who gets tested on September 6th will be entered into a drawing for a $50 HyVee Gift Card. 


To schedule an appointment, visit, or call 515-248-1595.