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HIV Testing & Prevention (HTP)

The HIV Testing and Prevention program reduces HIV stigma and encourages African American and Latinx people ages 13-60 in the New Orleans area to access HIV testing services and care. HTP is a high impact prevention program with five key components: Targeted HIV Testing, Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS), Community PROMISE, the PAUSE social marketing campaign, and condom distribution. ARTAS provides linkage to care for newly diagnosed people living with HIV or people previously diagnosed). Community PROMISE is a community-level intervention that uses peer advocates and role model stories to influence changes in behavior to reduce the risk of getting HIV. HTP is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

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HTP has tested 830 people since mid-2015.

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HTP has given out over 13,000 condoms since mid-2015.

COMMUNITY PROMISE

 

Community PROMISE (Peers Reaching Out and Modeling Intervention Strategies) is a community-level HIV risk reduction intervention that utilizes Peer Advocates (PAs), Role Model Stories and condom distribution to promote safer sex practices and provide information. To effectively promote change in their communities, PAs are selected and trained in HIV outreach and they distribute safer sex kits and information to their peer networks. Safer sex kits include condoms, lube, resource guides and stories of their peers' positive behavior changes.

 
I was in a youth development program when HTP came through and gave us HIV tests and showed us some videos about HIV. I was really interested, and I was just like, that would be cool to go around and do something like that. When they did the presentation, a lot of people didn’t know about HIV. A lot of people in the classroom were just saying the weirdest stuff like “We can wash it off,” or “You can get it if you kiss somebody.” I was like, what? They even mentioned using two condoms! It was kind of sad to me, so I wanted to do something about it.
— Elizabeth, Community PROMISE Peer Advocate

Read our Role Model Stories here!

ARTAS

 

Our Antiretroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Program offers confidential, one-on-one linkage-to-care services for individuals who are recently diagnosed with HIV or who have fallen out of HIV care. With early detection and consistent treatment, a person living with HIV may achieve a suppressed viral load, which can lead to a long, healthy life and prevent HIV transmission to their sexual partners. Our ARTAS Program Coordinator meets with clients to set goals, overcome barriers and assess strengths that will help them access and stay in treatment and and support services.

To participate in ARTAS, call or text (504) 814-0156.

 

HIV Testing Hours

Through our community partnerships we provide free HIV testing on site, as well as in public venues.

Tenemos personal disponible que habla español para realizar su examen de VIH a su petición en todos los lugares donde oferecemos los exámenes

For testing, please see us at one of the following locations:

 

IWES Office | 365 Canal St. - Suite 1550

UPON REQUEST, PLEASE CALL (504) 599-7712

 

Walgreens | 3216 gentilly Blvd.                                                         

EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

walgreens | 1100 elysian fields (at St. claude)

EVERY 1ST AND 3RD THURSDAY FROM 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

WALGREENS | 5702 CROWDER BLVD.

EVERY 2ND AND 4TH THURSDAY FROM 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

orleans parish juvenile justice center (opsO) - visitation center | 819 S. broad ave.

EVERY 2ND AND 4TH TUESDAY FROM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

harry thompson day center | 1803 gravier st.

EVERY 1ST AND 3RD TUESDAY FROM 10:00 AM - NOON

 

NOLA Village/EL PUEBLO NOLA (aquí se habla español) | 5112 E. NEMOURS ST.

EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 5PM - 7PM

 

 

 

To get in contact with HTP, please email Angelita Brown.

IWES’ HIV Testing and Prevention Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services', Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the most current information about HIV treatment and prevention, policies impacting efforts to end the HIV epidemic, and surveillance data, rates and statistics, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/.