CLINICS

FULTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH at 10 PARK PLACE
ADDRESS:
     10 Park Place South S.E., 5th Floor
     Atlanta, GA 30303

PHONE:
     404-613-1401


ADAMSVILLE REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER
ADDRESS:
     3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.W.
     Atlanta, GA 30331

PHONE:
     404-613-6343

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TRUE TALK

True Talk is a free condom delivery program aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancies by making condoms available and easily accessible to any Fulton County, Georgia resident who orders them. True Talk also encourages partners to have open, honest conversations about their sexual health, sexual history, and needs so that can they engage in safer sex practices. 

Condoms are delivered to your home in discreet packaging. Each package will include a variety of 20 male condoms of different sizes and brands, bonus lube samples, and sexual health resources all FREE of charge!

Click the ORDER NOW button and complete all questions on the form. Once the order is complete you will receive an email with your reference number. Condoms are shipped out 3 to 5 business days after your order is complete.

ORDER FAQs


1.
 What if I don’t live in Fulton County, Georgia?

Currently, "True Talk" is only available to be mailed to those residing in Fulton County. However, if you do not have a Fulton County address, you can still complete this form so that we contact you with valuable sexual health resources available in your area. 

2. Can I get free condoms if I don’t have a shipping address?

Yes. You can pick up free condoms without placing an order by visiting our Sexual Health Clinic, located at 10 Park Place South SE, Atlanta, GA 30303. The clinic is located on the 5th floor and is open Monday through  Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

3. Is there an age requirement to place an order?

You must be at least 13 years old to complete this order. If you are under 13 years old and need sexual health resources, please call the Fulton County Board of Health Sexual Health clinic at 404-613-1401.

4. How long will it take to get my order?

Condoms will be shipped 3 to 5 business days after your order is complete. Delivery times will vary based on local mail carrier times. However, if you haven’t received your order within 10 business days, please email us at truetalk@fultoncountyga.gov.

5. How often can I order free condoms online?

True Talk condom orders may be placed every 30 days. An email with information on reordering will be sent to the email address you used when completing the form.

6. What if I need larger quantities of condoms than what comes in this order?

Email truetalk@fultoncountyga.gov to tell us your organization and your quantities needed so that we can assist.

7. Am I allowed to redistribute these condoms to others in my community?

The condoms in this package may be individually offered to friends and family. If you need larger quantities for wider distribution, email truetalk@fultoncountyga.gov to tell us your organization and describe your need.

8. When will the home HIV testing kits be delivered?

Home HIV testing kits will be delivered separately from the condom packages. Select your interest in the testing kit on the order form to be informed when they are available and ready to ship. If you need to be tested for HIV, please visit one of our clinics.

7. How can I track my order?

Tracking information is not currently available for packages once they are shipped. Please email truetalk@fultoncountyga.gov with your reference number if you have not received your package 14 business days after order.

8. What if I entered my contact information incorrectly?

A reference number can be found in your confirmation email, sent within 2 hours of you completing the form. Email truetalk@fultoncountyga.gov  with your reference number if you need to make an update to your order information.

CONDOM FAQs


1.
 Can condoms provide protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV?

Yes. Whether you use latex male condoms or female condoms, they are both very effective in preventing HIV and many other STIs when used the right way every time. Condoms may prevent the spread of other STIs, like the Human Papillomavirus (HPV, genital or venereal warts) or genital herpes, only when the condom covers the infected areas or sores. To find out if you might have an STI, visit your doctor or clinic as soon as you can.. 

2. Is there a 100% effective way to prevent sexual transmission of HIV and STIs?

The only 100% effective way to prevent sexual transmission of HIV and STIs is through abstinence - avoiding all vaginal, anal and oral sex. Using a latex male condom or an internal condom can greatly reduce, but not entirely eliminate, the risk of HIV and STI transmission. Abstinence is the only method to completely eliminate the possibility of sexual transmission of HIV or STIs

3. Do birth control methods other than condoms reduce the risk of STIs?

No. Only condoms reduce the risk of pregnancy, STIs and HIV. Birth control pills, the birth control patch, contraceptive injections such as Depo-Provera, intrauterine devices (IUDs), diaphragms, and any birth control methods other than condoms do not provide protection against STIs and HIV. You should use a latex male condom or a female condom for STI and HIV prevention along with any other method you use to prevent pregnancy. Condoms can prevent the spread of other STIs, like HPV or genital herpes, only when the condom covers all of the infected area or sores

4. What is the correct way to use a condom?

Store condoms in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. Check the expiration date on the condom wrapper or box. Condoms that are past their expiration date may break. Open the package carefully. Teeth or fingernails can rip the condom.

For latex male condoms:

  • Put on the condom after the penis is hard. If the penis is not circumcised, pull back the foreskin before putting on the condom.
  • Pinch the tip of the condom to leave a little space (about a half-inch) at the top to catch semen.
  • Unroll the condom all the way down the penis. Add a little bit of water-based lubricant (like K-Y®, ID Glide® and Wet®) to the outside of the condom.
  • After ejaculation, hold the rim of the condom and pull out the penis while it is still hard, so that no semen spills out.
  • Use a new condom every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.If the condom does not fit correctly or is uncomfortable, try a different size or brand to avoid the condom breaking or further discomfort uncomfortable.

For internal (female) condoms:

  • You may insert the internal condom up to eight hours before sexual intercourse.
  • You should add a few drops of extra lubricant to the inside of the internal condom before putting it in the vagina. Lubricants may also be added to the penis before having sex.
  • Hold the female condom with the open end hanging down. Holding the outside of the condom, squeeze the inner ring with your thumb and middle finger. Put your index finger between your thumb and middle finger.
  • Still squeezing the inner ring, insert the condom into the vagina. Once the condom is inside the vagina, put your index finger inside the condom and push the inner ring up as high as it will go.
  • The inner ring sits above your pubic bone and holds the condom in place. The outer ring should be outside the vagina. Make sure the condom is not twisted.
  • Be sure the penis enters inside the female condom and stays inside the internal condom during sex. If the penis enters under or outside the condom, stop right away. Take out the condom and reinsert it.
  • If the condom moves, sticks to the penis or makes noise, add more lubricant.
  • After sex, just twist the outer ring to keep semen inside the condom and pull it out gently.
  • Use a new condom every time you have sex.


5. Do male and internal (female) condoms provide the same protection against HIV?

Yes. Studies show that internal condoms are as effective at protecting against HIV as male condoms. Female condoms are made of nitrile, which is an effective barrier to HIV. Male and internal condoms should not be used at the same time. Internal condoms, like latex male condoms, are available in some drug stores, community health centers, and AIDS service organizations.

6. Does spermicide provide additional protection against HIV?

You should not use additional or separate applications of spermicide for HIV prevention during vaginal or anal sex. Women who use spermicidal cream or jelly for pregnancy prevention should also use a condom to protect against HIV and to provide better protection against pregnancy than spermicide alone.

Spermicides contain the chemical nonoxynol-9 (N-9). Although N-9 kills HIV in test tubes, one study showed that N-9 inserted into the vagina may irritate the vagina and actually increase the risk of HIV infection during vaginal sex. N-9 may also irritate the lining of the rectum and should not be used for anal sex.

Some condoms are pre-lubricated with a lubricant containing N-9. These condoms still provide greater protection against HIV than not using a condom. However, a lubricated condom without N-9 may be the best for HIV prevention.

7. How can I prevent HIV transmission and STIs during oral sex?

Although oral sex presents less of a risk for HIV and some STIs than vaginal or anal sex, the risk still exists. Herpes is commonly passed between genitals and the mouth, and you can get a bacterial infection in your mouth or throat from an STI. The risk of HIV transmission through oral sex is low, but people have been infected this way. Oral sex can be made safer by using a latex barrier. For oral sex performed on a man, a non-lubricated condom is recommended. For oral sex performed on a woman, a dental dam (a thin square of latex), a non-lubricated condom that is cut open or a plastic wrap can be used to cover the vagina. Oral-anal sex (rimming) is a high-risk activity that may be made safer by using a dental dam.

8. How can I prevent HIV transmission and STIs during anal sex?

Unprotected anal sex with a person who has HIV or another STI, or whose HIV or STI status you do not know, is the highest-risk sexual activity for both men and women. The walls of the anus and rectum are thin and have many blood vessels that can be injured during anal sex. Injured tissue in the anus and rectum can expose you to HIV and other STIs. Male latex condoms used with a water-based lubricant reduces the chance of tissue and skin tearing and lowers the risk of transmitting disease during anal sex. However, even with lubrication, male condoms fail more often during anal sex than during vaginal or oral sex. Internal condoms should not be used for anal sex, as they do not provide adequate protection. Because the use of the internal condom during anal sex requires removal of the inner ring, the internal condom is unlikely to stay in place during anal intercourse.

9. How can I prevent HIV transmission and STIs during vaginal sex?

HIV is spread during vaginal sex when HIV-infected semen, vaginal fluid or menstrual blood comes into contact with the mucous membranes of the vagina or penis. Some STIs (e.g., gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis) are spread the same way as HIV. Other STIs (e.g., herpes, syphilis, chancroid) are transmitted through contact with infected skin or mucous membranes. In general, since there is more mucous membrane area in the vagina, and a greater possibility of small cuts in the vagina, women are more likely than men to get infected with HIV and some STIs through unprotected vaginal sex. Teenagers and women entering menopause are at especially high risk for getting HIV and other STIs because the tissue lining the vagina is more fragile at these ages. Cuts or sores on the penis or vagina raise the risk of HIV infection and STIs during vaginal sex for both men and women. Using a latex male condom or a female condom lowers your risk of getting HIV and STIs through vaginal sex.

10. Do sex partners who both have HIV need to use condoms?

Yes. People who have HIV still need protection from STIs and may want to prevent pregnancy. Condoms also protect against exposure to different types, or strains, of HIV. Re-infection or superinfection with a new strain of HIV may make the disease progress more quickly and may require the use of medicines different from the ones used to treat the original strain. 

HIV HOME TEST KIT FAQs


1.
 What is the HIV Home Test Kit?

The HIV Test Kit is a simple home screening pack that allows you to provide a sample for HIV testing from home. Your sample is then sent to our pathology partner lab, who will process your test results. Depending on the type of test, it may require a saliva or blood sample. Detailed instructions will be included with your test.  

2. Who should use it and when?

There are many different reasons why people choose to use a home HIV test kit. Users are frequently:

Individuals with a strong need to keep their medical conditions private

  • People living in remote areas
  • Individuals living in small towns or places where they feel they can’t be anonymous
  • People without a lot of schedule flexibility
  • Individuals engaging in high-risk behaviors who have never been tested for HIV

High-risk behaviors that increase one’s risk of exposure to HIV include:

  • IV drug use
  • Sharing needles and IV drug paraphernalia
  • Having unprotected sex without knowing a partner’s HIV status
  • Having unprotected sex with a person who has HIV
  • Trading sex for money or drugs

It is strongly recommended that anyone who has engaged in any of these behaviors is tested for HIV as soon as possible.

3. Why should I get tested?

One of the most crucial and effective weapons in the fight against HIV & AIDS is testing. It is in fact an important first step in preventing the further spread of HIV. However, preventive measures can only be successfully carried out if people are serious and co-operative enough. The test must be reliable, fast, accurate, convenient, discreet, and affordable. If results are positive, the patient can then proceed to obtain further confirmatory tests and professional counseling. With early intervention, there is every possible chance to lead a healthier and prolonged life.

The key to living a healthy life with HIV is being diagnosed early. The first practical level of awareness is to get tested either independently through reliable home test kits or through the hospitals. If you are identified positive, find an HIV specialist. Getting into the care of an HIV specialist is the next level and this approach represents an essential part of staying healthy and alive.

4. When should I test?

If you suspect a possible infection, it is ideal to take a HIV rapid test as soon as possible.

The “window period” is the time taken by the human body to create HIV antibodies. Medically, this process is known as seroconversion. During the window period, because of the lack of HIV antibodies present in the bodily fluids that can be detected by the HIV rapid test kit, a negative result can be shown. The duration of the window period can be from 3 weeks to 6 months. Most individuals develop detectable antibodies within 3 months of HIV infection while there are rare cases where it took as long as 6 months. Hence, it is recommended to test more than one time using 1 test kit for additional or subsequent testing.


5. How many times should I test?

Depending on individuals, it is advised to have 2 (two) tests 1-3 (one to three) months apart. During this period of testing, it is advised to completely abstain from activities that might result in possible HIV infection.

6. If the result is positive, does that mean I definitely have HIV?

No test is 100% accurate. Although the sensitivity and specificity of the HIV rapid testing kit are each greater than 99%, false positives might possibly occur. It is recommended to test more than once for additional results verification.

7. What if the result is positive?

Today, there are many medications available; please consult your doctor for further suggestions. There are also confirmatory tests such as the Western Blot and the PCR tests to confirm your HIV status. These tests are more specific than the antibodies test. Your doctor will also be able to refer you to proper counseling services and medical treatment. Early knowledge and treatment will prolong your life as well as improve the quality of life, which explains the great importance of performing an HIV screening

8. If the result is negative,does that mean I definitely do not have HIV?

Same as previously mentioned, there is the possibility of the virus not being detected during the window period. Hence, it is also recommended to test more than once for additional results verification.

9. Is there privacy when I order?

Yes. All information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Your order would be sent in a discreet, anonymous package with no mention of our company name or anything specific about the content in it.

 

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