OSDH Launches Program To Help End HIV Epidemic In Okla.

Wednesday, March 17th 2021, 2:52 am
By: News 9

The State Department of Health is launching a new initiative designed to get a person newly diagnosed with HIV into immediate care and treatment.

The Rapid Start and PrEP program is a crucial component of the state's involvement in ending the HIV epidemic in Oklahoma. The program provides medication, testing, and counseling for those recently diagnosed with the virus.

Oklahoma was identified as one of seven states with a significant rise of rural HIV transmission. The OSDH said that in 2019, the state had 326 new HIV diagnoses, with a total of 6,879 people living with the virus.

Click here for more information on the Rapid Start and PrEP program or call 405-271-4636.