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Damien Center, Damien Cares, and Walgreens, will be closed on November 27, November 28, and November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Additionally, because of our limited hours, we will only be offering STD testing on Monday, November 25. On November 26, our testing center will only offer HIV testing. 

Normal hours to resume Monday, December 2. Thank you and have a happy and safe holiday! 

Popular Opinion Leaders


Become an advocate for HIV prevention. Our Popular Opinion Leaders empower people in their community by becoming a leader and educating others on HIV prevention and care.

Popular Opinion Leaders

In the fight against HIV, Damien Center is a local and national leader. It has welcomed innovation, growth and leadership by creating and expanding services to improve both individual and community health. Damien Center’s comprehensive, one-stop-shop approach to HIV/AIDS care and prevention reduces the amount of HIV in the body as well as improves the immune system. Our programs speak for themselves when it comes to showing support and passion for meeting the needs of the community, and Damien Center’s new Popular Opinion Leader (POL) program continues to represent that.

This program’s approach to HIV/AIDS prevention is a little different than what has been done before. We believe the best way to prevent HIV and AIDS is by inviting key people – community members and leaders like yourself- to attend two informational education sessions. Because you are already respected by your friends, they probably turn to you for advice, value your opinions, and may even model their behavior after yours. By updating you on the latest information on prevention, you will be able to give accurate, expert advice to others and perhaps save some lives. Our POLs are community members from a variety of cultures, races, organizations, and social groups that are trained to become influencers to those around them. Once trained, POL’s promote risk reduction measures such as: periodic HIV/STI testing, condom use, and PrEP.

Upcoming POL Sessions

  • Part One: October 28th from 10am-2:30pm at Damien Center
  • Part Two: November 11th from 10am-1pm at Damien Center

Lunch will be provided for all attendees. There are a limited number of spots available, reserve your spot now!

Sign-Up to Become a POL

To attend one of our upcoming training sessions, please sign-up here. Lunch will be provided at each training session.

If you have additional questions about our education services, please reach out to Robert Kellman, Outreach Coordinator, at rkellman@damien.org or 317-632-0123 x253.