Outreach workers participate in community activities, providing risk reduction education and materials to targeted populations: teens, IV drug abusers, men who have sex with other men, and the homeless. Referrals are provided for HIV testing and counseling, substance abuse programs, and other social services.
In collaboration with Douglas County Health & Social Services, we are offering the new oral HIV test to the local high risk population, targeting men who have sex with other men, injection drug abusers and the sex partners of people living with HIV. Using the client based model, we help individuals assess their risk behavior and help them develop a plan for reducing that risk. Counseling and case management are available through the HIV Resource Center and the health department.
Three on-line computers are available to access the growing body of information on new effective treatments for AIDS, HIV bulletin boards, and related chat rooms.
Speakers are available to address schools, churches and civic organizations about our work in the community and to provide current information about HIV and its spread.
A portable HIV education/risk reduction booth is available for local fairs and festivals. Experienced staff and volunteers provide materials, information and referrals.
Volunteers staff the reception desk daily. Individuals commit to one or more three hour shifts (9 A.M. to Noon and Noon to 3 P.M.) Monday through Friday. Volunteers are also needed for the buddy/companion service, speakers bureau, and to staff booths at local fairs and festivals. Some volunteers bake homemade cookies for these and other activities.