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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

HIV is a virus spread through body fluids that affects specific cells of the immune system called CD4 cells or T cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many cells that the body cannot fight off infections and disease. When this happens, HIV infection leads to AIDS. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

The only way to know if you are infected is to be tested.
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Rapid HIV Testing and counseling available at the Health Department


  • FREE
  • Anonymous
  • Finger-stick — results available in 20 minutes


  • By appointment only Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Call for appointment or more information: (607) 274-6604


Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes


STAP — Southern Tier AIDS Program


CDC — U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Basics and What is HIV?
Who's at risk for HIV?
Living with HIV
Guidelines and Recommendations
HIV Statistics (PDF)

AIDS Institute

Information on HIV AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, Hepatitis C, LGBT health, drug user health and programs and services. The AIDS Institute is a program of the NYS Department of Health.
100 Questions & Answers about HIV/AIDS (PDF)

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Medline Plus
U.S. National Institutes of Health

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an evidence-based, biomedical intervention with proven efficacy to prevent HIV infection among individuals at highest risk for HIV. Based on the results of several large scale trials, and a growing body of experience in clinical practice, PrEP is a safe and critical resource in our HIV prevention toolbox.