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December 1st is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day — Get Vital Information on HIV Testing

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. This year's theme, “The Time to Act Is Now,” calls us to act with urgency to implement the latest high-impact, evidence-based HIV prevention strategies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and 1 in 8 don’t know it. Know your status.

The Health Department conducts regular testing for HIV/AIDS by appointment every Friday. Call us at 410-313-7500. Testing is CONFIDENTIAL and ANONYMOUS. 

More tools than ever are available to prevent HIV, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people who are at very high risk for getting HIV. Taking PrEP medicine daily can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it can reduce the risk by more than 70%. The latest edition of Vital Signs, released on November 24, 2015, provides more information on populations who could benefit from PrEP. According to the report, many people in the United States, especially many gay and bisexual men and injection drug users, are at high risk for HIV and could benefit from PrEP.

This year, the White House updated the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to 2020. On World AIDS Day, it will release a federal action plan to implement the strategy. CDC supports the strategy's vision of a nation where new HIV infections are rare. CDC's HIV prevention efforts in the United States target the populations most at risk and include:

Providing funding and technical assistance for health departments.

  • Conducting surveillance and behavioral research.
  • Developing guidelines for HIV treatment, surveillance, and laboratory procedures.
  • Evaluating programs.
  • Conducting outreach and communication campaigns through the Act Against AIDS initiative, including the campaignLet's Stop HIV Together, which fights stigma and seeks to ensure that all Americans know the facts about HIV. Let's Stop HIV Together includes many personal stories about living with HIV.
  • Providing training in HIV prevention and treatment.

Seasonal Flu Is Confirmed in Maryland

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get your flu shot. CLICK HERE to see who should get a flu shot and what to do to stay healthy.

Contact your health care provider or visit a local retailer, pharmacy or supermarket to for your vaccine (most of which accept insurance).  FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine, remains delayed due to distribution challenges at the manufacturer.  However, flu shots are widely available. Check out the CDC's FLU VACCINE FINDER to find a flu shot location close to you!

HCHD Flu Vaccine & Immunization Clinics



 Date/TIme   Location   Vaccines Offered    Additional Information 




Columbia Health Center
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045

Flu Shots only

 NO Flu Mist

FREE Flu Shots
Flu shots are for those 6 months of age and older.
Medicare Part B accepted. Please bring your card.

No appointments necessary.

For questions, call 410-313-7500.

Opiod Overdose Prevention Response Classes - Learn to Save a Life

The Howard County Health Department is offering FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone for Howard County residents 18 years of age and older. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose, perform rescue breathing, give intra-nasal naloxone (a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose by restoring a person's ability to breathe) and learn to care for the individual until help arrives.
The next classs will be held:


Day  Date  Time  Location  Phone Number to Register(Voice/Relay)
Monday December 14, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045



Opioid Overdose Response Program Information Video is Available for Viewing OnlineTo view, click on the following: OORP Video Link.

The Great American Smokeout is November 19th

The Great American Smokeout falls on the third Thursday of every November. This is the day to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking. /assets/0/113/136/713/5d5c3a40-12d7-4441-9e9c-6dd9b203c2fb.jpg
About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.
By quitting — even for one day — it is taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

The Health Department gives FREE smoking cessation classes that include medicine to help you quit.  Let us help you make today, November 19th or any day be your last day as a smoker. Call us at 410-313-6265 

To find out more about the Great American Smokeout visit www.cancer.org or CLICK HERE. 

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 Contact Numbers:


Administration:    410-313-6300 

Toll Free: 1-866-313-6300 

Columbia Health Center:    410-313-7500 

North Laurel Health Center:    410-313-0630 

Behavioral Health Services:    410-313-6202 

Environmental Health:    410-313-2640

Or you may send an e-mail to:

Howard County Health Department 
8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD 21045
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  Monday through Friday