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HIV Prevention Program

HIV Prevention

The HIV Prevention Program coordinates the Statewide HIV Prevention Planning Group, develops and implements the Ohio HIV Prevention Plan, coordinates the HIV testing program, and provides capacity building and training for community partners and public health staff. The HIV Prevention Program also provides funding to community-based organizations and public health districts throughout the state to provide prevention interventions for the following target populations:

  • Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Youth
  • High-risk heterosexuals (HRHS)
  • Injection drug users (IDUs) 

Ohio Community Planning Group (OCPG)

Vision, Mission, and Goals

  • The mission of OCPG is to develop and periodically update a Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for the state of Ohio that directs ongoing prevention activities which are consistent with recognized needs and priorities.
  • This will be accomplished through an ongoing participatory planning process designed to secure a broad range of perspectives, build consensus, and mobilize resources to support HIV Prevention Programs.
  • The primary task of OCPG is to develop a Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan that includes prioritized target populations and prevention activities/interventions for each target population.


Second Wednesday in Jan., March, May, July, Aug., Oct. at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Calendar

State Library of Ohio
274 E. First Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201


  • HIV+
  • Advocacy and policy
  • HRHS
  • Internet/technology-based programs
  • MSM
  • Treatment as prevention
  • Youth
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Mental health
  • Pre/post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Other STDs
  • And more!


  • Local and state health departments
  • Colleges and universities
  • HIV/AIDS and other social service agencies
  • Community representatives concerned with HIV prevention and care

Membership is open to everyone. Please consider joining us.

HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is dedicated to providing HIV testing, counseling, and prevention education opportunities to grant funded testing sites.  Sites offer free and confidential HIV testing.  The HIV test used provides results within 20 minutes, enabling patients to learn their status in a single visit and allows newly diagnosed HIV-positive patients to be linked to medical care immediately.  To find an HIV test site in your area, please visit www.preventhivstdohio.com.

HIV Evidence-Based Interventions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates an online Compendium of Evidence-based HIV Interventions by adding newly identified evidence-based interventions (EBIs) that have been scientifically proven to significantly reduce HIV risk. CDC's Compendium now includes over 74 HIV risk reduction EBIs. - See more at: http://www.effectiveinterventions.org.

Program Evaluation and Monitoring

The HIV Prevention Program collects data on an ongoing basis to monitor progress towards grant objectives and to evaluate program effectiveness.  Data is also used to plan programs and target resources to populations most in need of services. 

Expanded HIV Testing Initiative

Approximately 25 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States do not know their HIV status. To reduce HIV incidence in Ohio, the ODH's HIV Prevention Program has implemented an HIV Expanded Testing Initiative (ETI).  ETI was created to assist healthcare, clinical and non-clinical settings develop and implement strategies for the expanded and routine offering of HIV testing to patients.

Condom Distribution

The CDC views condom distribution programs as an effective structural intervention that increases the availability, accessibility, and acceptability of condoms.  Since 2010, approximately 4 million condoms have been distributed to high-risk individuals, to venues frequented by high-risk individuals, and to communities at greatest risk for HIV infection. 

For information on how to get condoms, visit your local health department or call the Ohio HIV/STD Prevention Hotline at 800-332-2437. 

For more information on facts and statistics regarding condoms, visit http://factsaboutcondoms.com/.

Ohio HIV/STD Prevention Hotline Website - http://www.preventhivstdohio.com/

This site contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Ohio Department of Health.