Working to Prevent HIV/AIDS
River Region’s Outreach Department provides free and confidential HIV testing, pregnancy testing, pre- and post-test counseling, risk/reduction assessments, linkage to services for substance abuse, mental health and other medical treatment, and HIV/AIDS educational classes.
The mobile unit provides free and confidential HIV testing, condoms, and literature at various locations. Times and locations vary. If interested in reserving the mobile unit or would like to know its scheduled locations, please call (904) 874-2027.
HEY! – Health Educated Youth
HEY! Program offers sexual risk reduction intervention and motivational enhancement. The program goals are to deepen STI/HIV knowledge, reduce sexual risks, and alcohol and substance use by youth ages 13-24; utilizing evidence-based interventions:
· SHARP (Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention)
SHARP is single-session, group-based intervention designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors among high-risk adolescents. The program seeks to increase condom use and reduce alcohol-related sexual risk behavior.
o VOICES (Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education & Safer Sex)
VOICES/VOCES is a single session video-based, group-level intervention for heterosexual African-Americans and Latino men and women who may visit STI clinics. Culturally-specific videos with HIV/STI information lead to discussions, role plays, and skills targeting young adults ages18-24.
PONS – Prevention Outreach and Navigation of Services
A program to prevent and reduce the spread of HIV and substance misuse among young adults ages 18-24; utilizing evidence-based prevention interventions:
· PRIME for Life (PFL) – designed for people who might make high-risk choices and helps them learn to reduce their risks of alcohol and drug related problems throughout life.
· RESPECT – an individual-level, client-focused, HIV prevention intervention, consisting of two brief counseling sessions.