Lisa McCafferty , R.S., MPH
Public Health Director


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1062 State Route 38
PO Box 120
Owego, NY 13827

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Healthy Neighborhoods Program

How Safe Is Your Home?

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety.  An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!

 Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home health & safety check!

Tioga County HHS Staff Wear Red in Support of World AIDS Day

Last Updated: 11/30/2018

December 1st is World AIDS Day, and to show support, employees from Tioga County Public Health, Mental Hygiene, and Department of Social Services wore red on Friday, November 30th.

HIV, also known as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is transmitted through sexual contact or sharing needles to inject drugs from those who are infected with the virus. It can also be spread from infected mothers to babies during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Thanks to modern medicine, if HIV is caught in the early stages it can be controlled through proper medical care. Without medical care, the progression of the disease leads to the late stage of HIV, called AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Heather Vroman, Community Health Program Supervisor says that “World AIDS Day is an opportunity to honor and support the estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, along with those in our community living with the condition.”

Over 35 million people worldwide have died from HIV or AIDS since it was first identified in 1984. Currently there are 1.1 million Americans living with HIV and 1 in 7 of those infected are unaware that they have the disease. Each year there continues to be fewer Americans diagnosed with HIV, however, there are still over 35,000 newly infected individuals each year. HIV prevention efforts are helping with the decline of newly infected individuals. However, some populations are experiencing increased diagnoses each year.

Those who are sexually active should be tested for HIV, and should talk to their partner about getting tested to prevent the spread of the virus. Drug users who share needles should also get tested for HIV and Hepatitis, and should refrain from sharing needles with other individuals.

For those interested in getting tested for HIV, please contact Tioga Opportunities, Inc. Family Planning, Southern Tier AIDS Program, or talk to your physician.

For more information, please call us at 607-687-8600 or check us out on Facebook!

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