About Our Program
The goal of our program is to prevent, treat, and/or control the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and Hepatitis C (HCV) to protect the health of the community. If you are sexually active, or planning to be, getting tested is one of the most important steps you can take to protect the health of you and your partner. The ONLY way to know for sure if you or someone else has an STD, HIV, or HCV is to get tested.
What Causes STDs, HIV, and HCV?
- Most commonly spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
- Skin-to-skin genital contact can also spread STDs.
- STDs are not caused by casual contact like hugging, holding hands, or toilet seats.
- Infections such as HIV and HCV can spread through non-sexual routes such as drug and medical device sharing.
Signs and Symptoms
Many people who have an STD experience little or no symptoms. Others may experience:
- The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal, or oral).
- Engaging in safer sex, including using condoms or dental dams. Correct and consistent use of condoms every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex can decrease your risk of infection.
- Reducing your number of sexual partners can decrease your risk of infection.
- Staying up to date on vaccines is a safe and effective way to prevent Hepatitis A/B and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
- Do not share syringes, drug preparation items, or medical devices with others.
- Talk openly with your partner(s) about sexual health!
Our Community Health Team is currently providing STD/HIV/HCV testing, counseling, and referral to services. Treatment is provided as needed.
Testing fees are based on a set of criteria. Some clients will have no fees. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
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In-Home HIV Self-Testing
Everyone with HIV benefits from getting early diagnosis and treatment because it allows them to live long, healthy lives and have no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to others. We are partnering with the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Community Health Institute (CHI) to expand support for HIV testing by offering in-home HIV self-test kits.
Accessing an in-home HIV self-test kit is simple and free of cost. To receive a kit:
- Call Public Health Nurse, Sascha Potzka, at 603-682-2885.
- Complete a brief intake via phone call.
- If eligible, you will receive an in-home HIV test kit mailed to you in confidential and discreet packaging.
- Use directions in kit to take the test. The initial test result is available within 20 minutes.
- If the test result is positive, call 603-682-2885 for confirmatory testing and follow up.
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- Be sure to talk to a healthcare provider to complete the course of recommended treatment.
- Inform your sexual partner(s) of any positive test results so they can get tested and properly treated.
- Do NOT resume sexual activities until a healthcare provider says its okay.
- Talk openly with your partner(s) about sexual health!
June 27th is HIV Testing Day!
Approximately 1.2 million people in the United States are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), 1 in 7 don't even know they have it. In New Hampshire, Hillsborough County has the second highest number of HIV cases. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). From 2014 to 2018, 25% of people newly diagnosed with HIV in New Hampshire also received an AIDS diagnosis within 12 months.
Did you know...
- HIV is transmitted through the blood and other body fluids including semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.
- HIV is most commonly spread through unprotected sex, especially with multiple partners or anonymous partners, or through the sharing of contaminated needles, syringes, or other equipment for the injection of drugs. It’s possible for HIV to survive in a used needle for up to 42 days.
- HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, age, or where they live.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Some people may be more likely to contract HIV than others because of particular factors.
- People living with HIV/AIDS are at a higher risk of homelessness than the general population, with some studies indicating as many as half of individuals with HIV/AIDS are at risk of homelessness due to unaffordable housing costs and the high cost of medical care.
Everyone with HIV benefits from getting early diagnosis and treatment because it allows them to live long, healthy lives with no risk of transmitting HIV to others.
The only way to know for sure if you or someone else has HIV is to get tested.
In recognition of HIV Testing Day, the Nashua DPHCS is offering HIV testing on June 28th in Greater Nashua!
Testing is confidential and available at no cost (free) to anyone, including individuals who are uninsured. Clinics will be held on June 28th. Gift cards available while supplies last.
- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Between Temple St. & Cottage St., Nashua
- 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Wadleigh Memorial Library (49 Nashua St., Milford)
The Nashua DPHCS also offers free HIV self-test kits that can be taken in the privacy of your home or private setting. To receive a kit, call Public Health Nurse, Sascha Potzka, at 603-682-2885.
In addition, the City of Nashua also offers a community-based program that provides access to sterile needles and syringes free of cost and facilitates safe disposal of used needles and syringes. This program, known as Syringe Services Alliance of the Nashua Area (SSANA), is available in Nashua every Monday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. between Temple St. and Cottage St. and every other Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 29 Temple St.
HIV and COVID-19
Although the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 for people living with HIV is not known, we do know that older adults and people who are immunocompromised may be at higher risk. The risk for individuals with HIV getting very sick with COVID-19 is greatest in people with a low CD4 cell count and people not on HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy or ART). As we continue to get through this pandemic together, we recommend:
- People with HIV take everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of the virus.
- People with HIV who take HIV medicine should continue treatment and follow advice from their health care provider.
- People who might be at risk for HIV should get tested. Testing is the first step in maintaining a healthy life and reducing the spread of HIV.
- All individuals should maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy, getting 8 hours of sleep, and reaching out for help if needed.
To learn more about HIV and COVID-19, visit the CDC.