The event offered guests tours of the agency with information about their many departments and community services, such as HIV testing.
“Getting tested puts the power of your sexual health back in your own hands,” said Charity Storey, Director of Education and Testing. “Our office is a safe space and your test results are completely confidential.”
Other community services include educational programs, street outreach, free protective barriers and info materials, STI testing, and harm reduction counseling.
People living with HIV also receive health and medical services, housing and utility assistance, mental health counseling and support groups, and access to a client food pantry.
Large photo boards of local community members and former clients of the agency decorated the halls during the open house, sharing quotes of each person’s individual experiences living with HIV. They served as powerful reminders of the real people World AIDS Day is remembering and celebrating.