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HIV Intervention and Prevention Services
STAND, Inc. is recognized as one of the Metro Atlanta’s leading community based organizations for HIV intervention and prevention services.
STAND, Inc.'s HIV prevention project was implemented in 1999 to address the continuing rise of HIV infection among African American substance users in metro-Atlanta. The primary mission of the project is to provide HIV Prevention services to those over 18 years of age that are HIV-positive, at-risk for HIV, and those that are unaware of their HIV status.
A unique appeal of this program is its design and programming that addresses the distinct life experiences of individuals at high-risk for HIV disease. This is done through a number of activities which include our signature “safer sex house intervention.” This strategy takes prevention activities into intimate settings such as private homes and fosters open and honest dialogue around lowering the risk for HIV disease. HIV counseling and testing services are also provided.
This client is a 24 year male from Ethiopia, who presented in 2007 as a high risk negative individual with an HIV positive partner; on 1/29/08 he too was diagnosed with HIV. Since his diagnosis and enrollment into early intervention services, he has gone on to become an advocate for safer sex practices and prevention education in his family and social network of friends. He continues to make every effort to stop the spread of HIV within his immigrant community.
At least every month this individual is in our clinic with those individuals, be it family, friends, potential sex partners or members of the Ethiopian communities in and around DeKalb County, who have expressed to him that they are or may be at risk.
This 36 year old black male, was tested for HIV, reported that he was previously diagnosed but had no medical services and for many years was in denial about his status. Client received his confirmatory results a week later and was referred to medical services. Subsequently, the client volunteered his services and enrolled in the HIV Counseling and Testing Training Program and after receiving his certification continued to volunteer his time and services.
At STAND Inc., we don’t focus on where our clients come from, our emphasis is on where they are capable of going.