You or your primary care provider can contact the HIV specialists at the Comprehensive Care Clinics in four locations around the state (Brattleboro, Burlington, Rutland and St. Johnsbury). The main office is located at the Infectious Disease Program at UVM Medical Center. In addition to providing HIV care, they have medical case managers available to help with Vermont Medication Assistance Program (VMAP) enrollment and ongoing support.
Vermont AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) and community-based organizations provide HIV medical case managers or peer-to-peer support that connects people living with HIV to medical care.
HIV post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.
PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV. If you think you’ve recently been exposed to HIV during sex or through sharing needles and works to prepare drugs or if you’ve been sexually assaulted, talk to your health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.
Sterile syringes are available at pharmacies throughout Vermont without a prescription, although individual pharmacists may choose not to sell them. Syringe Service Programs (SSP) make free syringes available in several communities around Vermont. Possession of syringes on the part of SSP clients is not in violation of our state’s paraphernalia law. See below for location and contact information.
Syringe Service Programs during COVID-19
Consistent and correct use of condoms reduces the risk of STDs and HIV transmission. Your personal supply of free condoms are available at 28 locations throughout Vermont.
People at highest risk for HIV infection may be able to secure a free HIV test through the Comprehensive Care Clinics (Vermont providers of HIV specialty care) or through the Community Health Center of Burlington (a Federally Qualified Health Center). Contact one of the sites below for more information.
We support free HIV testing at a range of community sites. These sites also offer referral and links to prevention interventions that may help you stop the spread of HIV. People who are sexually active may receive referrals to STD testing. Although some locations offer drop-in testing, we suggest contacting the sites ahead of time to set up an appointment.
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