HiPP is Priority Health Care’s High Impact HIV Prevention Program designed to expand and enhance its efforts in preventing and reducing the transmission of HIV in the communities served by Priority Health Care.
What is HiPP?
While Priority has provided outreach for HIV prevention since its inception in 2009, the High Impact HIV Prevention Program funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is the government’s latest effort in addressing inequities in the diagnoses, prevention, and treatment of HIV.
HiPP (High Impact Prevention Program) is aligned with the CDC’s initiative Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) in the U.S. by 2030. The EHE initiative includes four basic strategies: Diagnose, Treat, Prevent, and Respond. Priority is one of 96 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the country funded through this initiative. Click here to see details of PHC’s High Impact HIV Prevention Goals
Why HiPP is Important?Given the national and local statistics on HIV, it is imperative that HiPP be successful in diagnosing, treating, and preventing the spread of HIV in the communities we serve.
Although HIV diagnoses from 2014-2018 decreased by 7% overall in the U.S., some areas, particularly in the South, have not experienced that same level of reduction in new diagnoses.
Through HiPP, the government is allocating resources to help in the education and prevention of HIV in areas like Louisiana, which has one of the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses in the country.
HIV and African Americans?In 2019, Blacks/African Americans made up 42% of the 36,801 new HIV diagnoses in the U.S.
Region I, the area of Louisiana where Priority is located, has the highest infection rate of new cases in the state, with the majority of those being in persons ages 15-34. In addition, 68% of new HIV diagnoses in 2018 were among blacks compared to 20% among whites, according to the Louisiana Department of Health (ldh.la.gov).
Current Stats on new HIV diagnoses (2020)Although there has been tremendous success in reducing and treating HIV and AIDS over the past 40 years, according to the CDC’s HIV Surveillance Report, men accounted for 80% of new cases in 2020, 69% were people of color and more than 57% of new cases were in individuals ages 13 to 34. It is evident that the epidemic has not ended. However, today we have more resources available to help stop HIV.
The following charts reflect updated statistics from the CDCs 2020 HIV Surveillance Report:
How to get HiPP?You can be involved in several ways in helping to raise awareness about HIV, the rise in new HIV diagnoses, and in preventing the spread of HIV in your community.
- Get tested. Know your status.
- Spread the word and encourage family and friends to get tested
- Practice prevention methods like condoms or PrEP
- Enroll your business as a PHC distribution partner for Safe Sex Packages (SSPs) that include condoms and lubricant
- If you test positive, get treated and stay enrolled in a treatment program
- Volunteer at PHC HIV Outreach Events in your neighborhood (look for announcements on Priority’s social media)
HIV Testing BasicsThere are several types of HIV testing options including nucleic acid test (NAT), antigen/antibody tests, and antibody tests. Most rapid HIV tests are antibody tests and can be done in the privacy of your home. Click here to find out more about the difference between the types of HIV tests and how they work.
Take-home tests are easy
It’s easier than ever before to protect yourself and prevent HIV by ‘doing you’ in the privacy of your own home with an easy-to-use take-home HIV test.
It is recommended that individuals 13 to 64 should get tested at least once as part of their routine health check. According to the CDC of the estimated 1 million Americans with HIV, 1 in 7 (13%) don’t know they have it.
Who should get tested?
The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested.
- Everyone 13 – 64 should get tested at least once
- If you have certain risk factors. For example:
- If you have sex with more than one partner or your partner has sex with more than one partner
- If you are a sexually active bi-sexual male
- If you inject drugs or share needles or other injection equipment
Q1. Where can I get an HIV test?
A1. Priority Health Care offers free HIV testing at both clinic locations:
Marrero - 4700 Wichers Dr., Suite 304, Phone: 504.309.3262
Gretna - 12A Westbank Expressway, Suite 111, Phone: 504.509.4800
Q2. Are Rapid HIV/Self-Tests for Home Testing available at PHC clinics?
A2. Yes. ‘Take at home’ HIV self-tests are available at both clinics to take in the privacy of your home. Proper contact information is required, and test results must be reported within 24 to 48 hours. Participants will be given a Take Home testing Info card that provides directions for reporting results.
Q3. Do I have to be a PHC patient to request a free take home HIV test?
A3. No. You do not have to be a PHC patient to request and/or receive a take-home HIV test.
For more information about Priority Health Care’s High Impact Prevention Program (HiPP) and how you can help end the HIV epidemic by getting tested and/or treatment to help stop the spread contact of a HiPP team member today or call 504.309.3262 or 504.509.4800 to schedule a test.
Your HiPP Team
Tonja Walston Sorrell
Outreach Medical Assistant
Outreach Medical Assistant
This website was supported by funds in whole or in part by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under Program Announcement PS21-2102. Its contents are solely the responsibility of PHC and do not necessarily represent the views of CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention (DHP).