The Project of Primary Health Care

HIV Care & Prevention For Central Iowa

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Look for our mobile health unit outside The Blazing Saddle

Friday, April 13
8:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Free and confidential HIV & STI Testing.

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PITCH is now accepting applications to the 2018 Wellness Summit to be held on May 4 – 6, 2018.

Get Tested

We provide FREE & CONFIDENTIAL screenings for

  • HIV
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis

Make an appointment online (click the button bellow) or by phone (515) 248-1595.

About Us

The goal of The Project of PHC is to provide confidential, free or low cost services to help people living with HIV move through the stages of HIV medical care. From the time of diagnosis, our staff help patients connect to care, access resources that will help them achieve the best possible health outcomes and overcome obstacles that many stand in their way to a long and happy life. We also focus on prevention, providing outreach and access to the most effective tools to prevent HIV infection.

Learn about The Project’s history!

Under One Roof

Patients receiving care at The Project have access to many services conveniently located under one roof at 1200 University Avenue campus. Medical and dental care, behavioral health, case management and supportive services are all housed at this location. Our caring and compassionate staff are dedicated to ensuring our patients receive the care and services they need.


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  • Condoms and Supplies – Free safer-sex supplies; condoms, lubricants, dental dams, FC2(female condoms), as well as bleach kits.
  • Sexual Health Information – Information about sexual health are available to the public (print or online). Training and education for schools or groups.
  • CLEAR Prevention Counseling – CLEAR is an overall health and wellness program for anyone living with HIV or their partners. CLEAR focuses on achieving personal goals, improving communication, increasing emotional awareness, and practicing relaxation techniques.
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once a day medication for people at risk for contracting HIV. It reduces the risk of becoming infected when taken as directed. PrEP is about 92% effective when it comes to preventing HIV.
  • Partnership for Health Intervention – Partnership for Health emphasizes the importance of the patient-provider relationship to promote a patient’s health.  Key messages related to the importance of taking every dose every day and preventing transmission of HIV are reinforced by healthcare staff in this brief, effective strategy.
Testing and Diagnosis
Once in five people living with HIV are unaware that they have it. Late diagnosis interferes with goals of early treatment and prevention.

  • Education – The Project of Primary Health Care offers a wide range of education from how HIV is transmitted to how to prevent HIV transmission. Along with education around STDs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis, also providing education on PrEP, PEP and condom use.
  • PrEP Consultation – PrEP Consultation consist of a full screening of HIV and STDs along with a discussion to determine if PrEP is right for you. It is up to the provider’s discretion if you are prescribed PrEP.
  • Free HIV Testing – Rapid HIV testing with results available in under 30 minutes.
  • Free Syphilis Testing – This is done through a blood draw. Results in a little as 3 business days.
  • Free Gonorrhea Testing – Screening is done either as a rectal swab, throat swab, or urine test.  Results in a little as 3 business days.
  • Free Chlamydia Screening – Screening is done either as a rectal swab, throat swab, or urine test.  Results in a little as 3 business days.
  • Risk Reduction Counseling – Included in your HIV/STI test, we provide prevention methods that best suit you.


Delayed care can result in a negative treatment prognosis and contribute to the spread of the disease.

  • Patient Navigation – Nurses and case managers assist patients with navigating through the health-care system to overcome barriers in accessing quality care and treatment.
  • Coordinated Intake – Coordinated intake is an interview process in which a nurse, mental health professional, and case manager have the opportunity to gather information from the client about their individual needs. This results in a comprehensive plan that assists in guiding clients towards their goals and ultimately self-sufficiency.
  • Benefits Counseling – Help clients assess insurance options and or other types of assistance available to them.
  • Transportation Assistance – Bus tokens, gas cards, and cab vouchers are available to help clients access medical care and supportive services.
  • Health Coverage Enrollment – Enroll clients in either ESI, IHWP or ADAP funded insurance plan.
  • Insurance Premium AssistanceDetermine if clients qualify for and if ESI plans accept 3rd party payors. Premium payments for ADAP funded plan if clients qualify.
Engagement in Care
People who receive ongoing treatment and services to support their continuous participation in medical care are able to suppress the HIV virus.

  • Support Group – Our program provides the financial support for a weekly HIV support group.  The support group meets from 5:00-6:00 PM each Wednesday evening at The Friends’ House, 4211 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.  Mark Hillenbrand, LISW, facilitates the group. Call 515-277-0814 for more information.
  • Support Services – Primary Health Care provide access to supportive services to persons living with HIV/AIDS.  Supportive services provided by PHC include but not limited to: Non-medical case management, emergency financial assistance, food pantry, housing services, health education, legal services, linguistic services, transportation assistance, substance abuse counseling and referral services with community agencies.
  • Case Management – Case Management is a multi-purpose process to ensure timely access to and coordination of medical and psychosocial services.  The goal of case management is to promote and support independence and self-sufficiency through a strengths-based approach.
  • Housing Assistance – Primary Health Care provides housing assistance through a program called Housing Opportunities For Persons With AIDS (HOPWA). This is a HUD funded program to assist qualifying clients with long term income based rental assistance, short-term rent, mortgage, and utility assistance, and first month’s rent and deposit. PHC also provides Ryan White Housing Assistance, funded through the Iowa Department of Public Health, which assists clients with short-term rent, mortgage, or utility needs.
  • Mental Health Services – Patients have access to behavioral health services on-site from a licensed mental health professional.
  • Prescription Drug Assistance – Patients/clients who are having trouble covering the cost of medications can obtain assistance in identifying and accessing resources to help pay for these prescriptions.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment – Patients have access to screening, brief interventions, and outpatient therapy on-site as well as coordinated referrals to inpatient treatment.
  • Short Term Financial Assistance – Case managed clients can apply for financial assistance to help with short term expenses related to employment, education, and supportive service needs not covered by other funding sources.
Health Outcomes
Achieving viral suppression helps people live longer, healthier lives. It also reduces sexual transmission of HIV by 96%.

  • Oral Health Care – Oral health is an important part of HIV care but access can be a barrier. Dental services are available through our two dental clinics and financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
  • Onsite Pharmacy – Primary Health Care has an on-site pharmacy at the 1200 University location. Our pharmacy accepts Medicaid and also provides those without insurance access to low-cost medications.
  • Health Education – Our program emphasizes ongoing health education and health promotion in an effort to improve overall well-being. Patients are encouraged to be active participants in their health care and decision making.
  • HIV Medical Care We strive to provide comprehensive and up-to-date healthcare to those living with HIV. Our clinician has almost 30 years of experience with HIV healthcare, leading a team of nurse care managers, case managers, prevention specialists as well as a behavioral health clinician.
  • Smoking Cessation –  The smoking cessation program assists clients in obtaining a prescription and over-the-counter cessation aids, provides brief counseling and support, and assists clients in accessing Quitline Iowa services.
  • Primary Health Care – Our integrated approach to health care offers lifelong primary health care services with preventive strategies, management of other chronic diseases, acute care, behavioral and substance use evaluation.
  • Adherence Counseling – Using a client-centered approach, patients are assisted in managing medication adherence issues through education, the identification and removal of barriers to adherence, and hands-on support.
  • Medication Management – The comprehensive management of medications is important in the care of HIV and is made possible through the integrated efforts of our HIV/ primary care provider, nurse care managers, and pharmacists. This team approach maximizes the benefits and reduces potential interactions from the medications available to our patients.


The Project of PHC
1200 University Avenue #120
Des Moines, IA 50314

Hours: Mon-Fri : 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Free HIV/STI Testing Clinic – Schedule Online!


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PITCH Meet and Greet

PITCH Meet and Greet

Meet members of PITCH and learn more about the organization for and by people living with HIV/AIDS. Join us we as we host a “meet & greet” reception at PHC’s Wellness Center on Tuesday, April 3 from 6-7:30 PM. RSVP today!

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