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Prevention

B-CHIP Project

Birmingham-Comprehensive High Impact Prevention-Project

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a cooperative agreement for the-Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations to Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO), AIDS Alabama, and the Aletheia House.  This five year project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO), AIDS Alabama, and Aletheia House, in collaboration with the Jefferson County HIV/AIDS Community Coalition, will provide-Comprehensive high-impact prevention strategies for members of racial/ethnic minorities in the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan service area through the Birmingham-Comprehensive High-Impact Prevention (B-CHIP) Project. The effect of HIV/AIDS in the Birmingham-Hoover area is the most pronounced and severe in the state. B-CHIP addresses gaps in the local HIV treatment cascade especially for populations at highest risk for HIV infection including young, African-American MSM and African-American women.

B-CHIP will enhance existing HIV testing programs by: adding targeted HIV, condom distribution, and Hepatitis C testing; ensuring high-risk negative persons have access to prevention and support services, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and screening for sexually transmitted infections; ensuring  HIV-positive individuals, are engaged in ongoing medical care and treatment to help improve their health and reduce the chances of transmitting their infection to others. Long-term Outcomes of the B-CHIP Project include:

  1. Reduce the incidence of new HIV infection in Alabama;
  2. Improve public understanding of, involvement in, and support for HIV prevention;
  3. Prevent/reduce behaviors that transmit HIV;
  4. Increase individual knowledge of HIV status and improve referrals to appropriate prevention and treatment providers; and
  5. Develop partnerships for HIV prevention.

For more information on the B-CHIP, contact Tony Christon-Walker, Director of Prevention and Community Partnerships at 205.918.8204.

Gamechanger Project & The HUB

The Gamechanger Project is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded collaboration initiative.  The collaborative partners for this project are Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Jefferson County Health Department, UAB Family Clinic, UAB 1917 Clinic, AIDS Alabama, Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) and Alethia House. The Gamechanger project seeks to provide men’s health information, including HIV prevention education, testing, referral to care for those who test positive and interventions for HIV positive and high risk HIV negative young men who have sex with men (MSM) of color. While the project will focus on recruiting MSM of color, ADPH will work with its collaborative partners to design models of HIV prevention, care, and social services that are accessible and available to persons regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status. In addition, the project’s activities will be design to promote measureable improvements in HIV prevention and care among the various underserved subpopulations of MSM of color, including ( but not limited to) individuals with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency.

For more information on the Gamechanger Project, contact Tony Christon-Walker Project Coordinator, at 205-703-4199

The HUB

The Hub is a welcoming, comfortable space for young gay, bisexual, and trans-men of color who are 13-29 years old located at 2217 6th Avenue South in Birmingham. The HUB offers several services including CLEAR counseling, HIV testing, Hepatitis-C screening, group sessions, and referral services. For more information about the HUB’s services or upcoming events check their Facebook page, their website, or contact Tony Christon-Walker Project Coordinator, at 205-703-4199.

CLEAR Counseling 

Choosing Life: Empowerment, Action, Results

CLEAR is a CDC grant funded intervention designed for men of color who have sex with men between the ages 16-29 who are living with HIV/AIDS or who are high risk but HIV negative. The intervention is designed to help individuals maintain health, reduce transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and improve their quality of life. To be eligible for CLEAR and individual must be a man of color age 16-29. Sessions take place at the HUB or at another location that better suits the consumer. The CLEAR counselor uses a client centered approach to service provision. In addition, the counselor has a vested interest in every aspect of consumer health and other concerns may have. In addition to counseling, our counselor can provide linkages to other resources needed for the consumer.

For more information call 205-703-4199 or stop by The Hub at 2217 6th Avenue South Birmingham, Alabama 35233

Testing Services

AIDS Alabama offers free, confidential testing for HIV. We are pleased to offer two types of HIV testing and both tests takes about 20 minutes to complete:

Alere Determine HIV Combo test: Best for people who think they may have had a recent exposure to HIV (from 12 to 26 days). During this time period HIV antibodies have not been produced and one is most likely to get a “false” negative test result. The Alere Determine HIV Combo Test is done with a finger stick to get a drop of blood and can detect HIV antigens, which are produced earlier than HIV antibodies.

Oraquick test: This test is for people who may not have had a recent exposure (within 3 weeks) and would like to know their HIV status. This test detects HIV antibodies that begin to form 30 after infection. The Oraquick test uses saliva instead of blood to test for infection.

Testing is performed at our main office Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm without an appointment. HIV testing can also be performed at our safe place, The HUB  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1am-8pm and Tuesday from 1pm-6pm.

Mobile Testing

AIDS Alabama’s Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) is the state’s first mobile HIV testing and outreach vehicle. The MTU allows us to do serious outreach in the community for people who don’t have transportation or are not able to come to our offices during business hours. The MTU is a safe, convenient way for people to get confidential HIV testing and is equipped with two confidential HIV testing/counseling areas. The MTU enables AIDS Alabama’s Department of Prevention and Community Partnerships to expand HIV testing and prevention education efforts into communities that are underserved and is utilized at a variety of events and outreach sites throughout the year.

If you are interested in having the Mobile Testing Unit at an upcoming event, please contact Tony Christon-Walker, Director of Prevention and Community Partnerships at 205.918.8204.