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North Shore Health Department Highlights 12/05/2017

Did You Know?

World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) if not treated. Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely and once you get HIV, you have it for life. An estimated 1,122,900 adults and adolescents were living with HIV at the end of 2015 in the United States.

HIV can be transmitted by:

  • Sexual Contact
  • Sharing needles to inject drugs
  • Mother to baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding

Protect yourself from HIV:

  • Get tested once or more often if you are at risk
  • Use condoms every time you have sex
  • Limit your number of sex partners
  • Don’t inject drugs, if you do, do not share needles
  • Get tested and treated for other sexually transmitted diseases
  • If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV within the last 3 days, ask a health care provider about postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) right away. PEP can prevent HIV, but it must be started within 72 hours.
  • If you are at high risk of getting HIV consider taking Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP). PrEP is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.

Currently, there is no effective cure for HIV. With proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Treatment for HIV is called antiretroviral therapy (ART). If taken the right way, every day, ART can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV, keep them healthy, and greatly lower their chance of infecting others.

To learn more visit: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/whatishiv.html  

Health Insurance Market Place Deadline Reminder

If you don’t have health insurance through your employer, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying health coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/quick-guide/dates-and-deadlines/

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Affordable Health Care Act Information 

Many people are confused by what they read online and hear in the news, but here is what everyone needs to know: the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, the Marketplace or Healthcare.gov, has health insurance plans available statewide, and most people qualify for discounts to make those plans more affordable. For 2018 coverage, consumers need to enroll in, or renew, their health coverage through the Marketplace before the December 15 deadline. Consumers who enroll for 2018 health insurance will have those plans available to them regardless of any changes in federal or state law.

IMPACT belongs to the Milwaukee Enrollment Network working in collaboration with Covering Wisconsin to help Milwaukee County residents understand their health insurance options, enroll in the plan of their choice, and help navigate the different levels of available discounts.

Dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 to schedule a free appointment with a health care navigator or other local enrollment assistor. People may also schedule their own appointment with a navigator online at coveringwi.org/enroll.

ACA  Health Insurance Open Enrollment Assistance 

The ACA Health Insurance Open Enrollment period is happening now thru Dec. 15, 2017. If you have questions, a Financial Counselor will be available to answer them and make appointments for 1:1 assistance at St. Mary's Ozaukee Huiras Free Clinic (13111 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon).

Find her from 5-9 pm on Wednesday November 29th and Wednesday December 6th. All are welcome to stop by and ask questions--open to community members as well as patients.

Important Recall Information on Infant Sleep Positioners

The FDA has issued a consumer update to warn of the risk of infant suffocation with the use of infant sleep positioners. The federal government has received reports about babies who have died from suffocation associated with their sleep positioners

View the video and links below for more information. 




Lead Poisoning Prevention Toolkit 

Check out the Lead Poisoning Prevention toolkit that the health department created at Protecting Our Kids From Lead.

Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide Released

The North Shore Health Department has worked with local partners to put together a comprehensive Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide for family and friends.  Access the guide online at: www.nshealthdept.org/heroin

Our Mission

In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours 

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.