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Education/Prevention

The Education and Prevention Department of BASIC NWFL, Inc. is an innovative community partner in providing superior prevention and educational services to residents of the area, especially to those most at risk of contracting HIV or other sexually transmissible diseases. In accomplishing this mission, BASIC NWFL, Inc. provides a variety of educational opportunities tailored to meet individual needs. These services include the following:
* Community Educational Forums
* Community Outreach
* Interventions
All BASIC NWFL, Inc. education and prevention presentations are age and audience appropriate. The information we provide is presented in a manner that our audience can both understand and relate to.

For further information, call Pamela Williams at 850-785-1088 Ext. 118.

 1) Community Education Forums

These are usually one hour educational programs presented to various groups such as schools, churches, youth groups, civic and community organizations, clubs, health care providers, correctional institutions, and others which are designed to provide an accurate overview on HIV/AIDS, its transmission and prevention, myths and fallacies about HIV, and high risk behaviors that can facilitate HIV transmission. Individuals interested in scheduling a presentation at their facility or organization can call: The Education Department at BASIC NWFL, Inc. – 850-785-1088. Ext. 118.

Topics discussed in this presentation include the following:

* Transmission
* Prevention
* Testing
* Universal Precautions
* Symptoms
* HIV Myths
* High Risk Behavior
* Body Fluids

2) Community Outreach

This program relies on personal one on one contact in providing education as well as allowing an opportunity for individuals to ask questions and receive answers in a very confidential and personal manner. Individuals are also encouraged to seek voluntary HIV testing to learn their status. As part of its community outreach, BASIC NWFL, Inc. also participates in and conducts health fairs throughout the six county service area.

BASIC NWFL, Inc. conducts outreach in all six counties of the services area, including Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties.

3) U THINK

U Think? is a program for Heterosexual African American men and women , Men who have sex with men over the age of 18 who are at risk of contracting HIV as well as persons currently infected with HIV.  U THINK? has six components to it: Condom Distribution, One on One sessions, Community event sessions, RESPECT, VOICES/VOCES and Partnership for Health.  The U Think? prevention specialist is available to do community events as well as having those important one on one conversation with people from the six counties we serve.

U Think?  conducts recruitment, education and outreach efforts in Bay, Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Gulf and Washington Counties.

For more information please contact Pamela Williams at (850)785-1088 ext. 118. If you would like to take part in our prevention program you can contact:  Jermaine Daniels at (850)785-1088 ext 125 or Ernie Oquendo (850)785-1088 ext. 123