Community outreach plays a key role in delivering prevention services to our community. While we offer a variety of services at The Damien Center, our staff also provides testing and education services throughout the city. Whether testing off-site, attending health fairs, or providing education to classrooms, our Prevention Specialists are equipped to provide a high-quality testing experience in addition to up-to-date information regarding HIV prevention strategies.
We also provide testing services at a variety of locations throughout Central Indiana. Two Saturdays each month, one of our testing counselors provides rapid response, oral HIV testing at area Walgreens locations. We also work closely with local agencies and community partners to provide one-minute HIV tests to our homeless neighbors living in camps and on the streets. Other collaborative testing partners include jails/prisons, substance abuse treatment facilities, and agencies that provide services to populations at highest risk for HIV infection.
Community education serves as an important prevention tool and helps to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV and STIs. Our HIV specialists work with community partners to tailor presentations for any size group. We provide relevant, population-specific messages that educate and aim to reduce participants’ risks of getting infected.