2906 1st Avenue
N. Suite 200, 59101
Mon - Thur 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
HIV can be transmitted:
- through semen, blood, or vaginal fluids passing between partners through the thin mucous membranes of the penis, vagina, rectum, or mouth.
- usually during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
- by sharing needles for injecting drugs, vitamins, and steroids, or for tattoos and piercing.
- by blood passed from mother to fetus in the womb or to a baby at birth.
- to a baby through breast milk.
- by blood coming in direct contact with the blood or mucous membrane of another person.
How can I protect myself?
- Abstinence is the best way to prevent sexual transmission of HIV.
- Monogamy, or having sex only with a lifetime partner who does not have HIV and who only has sex with you.
- Practicing safer sex by not allowing a sex partners semen, blood, menstrual blood, or vaginal secretions enter your body.
- Don't inject drugs and if you do, don't share needles or works.
- If you share needles or works, clean them at least 3 times with water, 3 times with bleach, and 3 more times with water before and after each use.
- Women with HIV who test positive can take medication to reduce the risk of passing HIV to the fetus.
- To prevent transmitting HIV to others, consider taking an HIV test.
- The Yellowstone AIDS Project offers free to low cost HIV testing Monday - Friday from 9:00 - 4:30. Testing is available by appointment or on a walk-in basis.
- We test for HIV using the OraSure oral fluid test, which collects cells from the inside of your mouth for testing.
- It takes three months after you receive HIV before the test can give accurate results.
- RiverStone Health conducts HIV testing Wednesday (11:00 - 6:30) and Friday (8:30 - 12:00) using a blood sample or oral fluid test. If you are unable to test during those times, please call 406.247.3357 to set up an appointment. RiverStone Health also tests for the Hepatitis C infection.
- HIV/AIDS is the sixth leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds in the United States.
- Among adolescents with AIDS, older teens, males, and racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected.
- Between 1987 and 1994, the number of adolescent female AIDS cases has almost tripled.
- The incubation period between HIV infection and AIDS diagnosis is many years.
- Many people who are diagnosed with AIDS in their 20s actually became infected with HIV as teenagers.
- Survey results show that among teenagers, ages 14-19, condom use actually declines with age.
- Less than half of teenagers who engage in sexual intercourse report consistent use of condoms.
- Nationwide, one in sixty-two high school students reported having injected an illegal drug.
- In the United States, girls make up 58% of new AIDS cases among teens in the U.S.
- Every minute, six young people between the ages of 10 - 25 are infected with HIV. More than 70% of these cases are in Africa.
- Worldwide, over 50 percent of all new HIV infections are in people 15 to 24 years old. However, young people make up only about 30 percent of the world's population.
- There are 1.7 billion 10- to 24-year-olds throughout the world, representing the largest group ever to enter adulthood.
- AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death globally.
Rapid Testing is a technology that allows an individual to obtain an HIV test result in approximately 20 minutes. If you are interested in a Rapid Test, please contact us for an appointment.
HIV/AIDS Hotlines and Numbers
Yellowstone AIDS Project
CDC National AIDS Hotline
Montana Men's Clinic
Gay Men's TASK FORCE 1-800-342-2437
Dept. of Health and Human Services
111 N. 31st St., Billings, MT 59101
406-256-6950 Food Stamps, Medicaid, Public Assistance.
Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Regional Office: 1-800-827-1000
Billings Clinic: 406-651-5670
Billings Vet Center: 406-657-6071
2415 1st Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101
406-245-6391 Section 8 and subsidized housing.
7 N. 31st St., Billings, MT 59101
406-247-4732 LIEAP (financial assistance for utilities from Oct. 1 to Apr. 30), energy share, weatherization, Section 8 housing outside of Billings.
Social Security Administration
2900 4th Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101
406-247-7265 Social Security/Disability, SSI, Medicare.