AIDS Response Effort Education Service provides the most current information about HIV and AIDS to the community. We help to educate those who are diagnosed with HIV, in addition to their family and friends if requested. Our trained Prevention Educators have experience providing presentations and awareness information at venues such as schools, churches, medical settings, substance abuse and correctional facilities, health fairs and more. Along with these presentations is the opportunity to invite a member of our Speakers Bureau, someone HIV positive to share their personal story of living with the disease.
ARE offers a diverse selection of Prevention Programs to the community. The goal of these programs is to educate and provide tools for individuals to recognize and change risk behaviors that may lead to negative health affects such as; HIV/STI transmission, abuse/neglect, substance use and teen pregnancy. This goal is in line with what has been determined through recent community needs assessments to be a priority need. ARE is willing to facilitate or co facilitate prevention programs with partner agencies mirroring similar risk reduction goals.
ARE has a history of hosting students from local colleges and universities. Each semester, Shenandoah University Pharmacy Students have engaged in service learning projects with us. We have also worked with students from Lord Fairfax Community College, Old Dominion University, and James Madison University in fulfilling internship requirements. The energy, enthusiasm and generation of new ideas have provided a win-win relationship for all involved.
Another service provided by ARE is free HIV Testing. Knowing ones HIV status is extremely important, not only to begin Health care as soon as possible, but to lessen the chance of unknowingly transmitting HIV to someone else.
The goal of AREs Education services is to provide information to those infected and affected by HIV, educating the community as a whole, provide programming targeted at reducing risk behaviors that may lead to HIV infection, and ultimately lowering the rate of HIV new infection in our community.
For additional information on AREs Education services, to schedule a presentation or HIV test, contact 540-536-5293.