AIDS Care Ocean State
There is no vaccine or cure for HIV, but people can take steps to reduce their risk of getting the virus or spreading it to others.
Protect yourself and others while having sex. (more)
If you are an injecting drug user, use clean needles (do not share needles). (more)
The state's anonymous ENCORE (Eduation, Needle Exchange, Counseling, Outreach, and Referral) program can provide anyone age 18 and older with safer sex materials, including clean syringes, bleach, alcohol swabs, cookers, and cotton, and condoms. Outreach workers can also provide anonymous HIV testing, referrals to drug treatment, medical care, and social services, and clothing and personal hygiene items. (more)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes three primary areas for HIV/AIDS prevention:
The Rhode Island Department of Health funds a variety of community-based prevention programs based on the CDC’s best practices. These programs include: