With a main goal to reduce the rate of HIV transmission and prevent the additional spread of HIV, BASIC NWFL delivers numerous HIV prevention programs as well as integrated HIV, Hepatitis C, and Substance Abuse prevention programs. These prevention programs reach over thousands general and target populations every year.
Major HIV educational/prevention and linkage program services include:
- Outreach community awareness during community events or educational forums.
- HIV/HCV prevention/education targeting those at risk of contracting HIV, HCV, and other sexually transmissible diseases.
- HIV/HCV testing.
- Navigation services for linkage to HIV/HCV care and treatment, medical adherence, and partner services for persons with HIV.
- Linkage to essential support services for persons at-risk for acquiring HIV, including health benefits navigations, evidence-based risk reduction (including PrEP/PEP screening and referrals), and other behavioral health and social services for persons at risk for acquiring HIV.
- Linkage to testing of other sexually transmissible diseases.
- Integrated HIV/HCV/ substance abuse education and testing.
These program services are offered through different prevention and testing programs:
U Think? Is a program for heterosexual African American men and women, Men who have sex with men (of all races) who are at risk of contracting HIV as well as persons currently infected with HIV. U THINK? has six components: HIV Testing, Prevention for Positives Intervention, High-Risk Negative Intervention, Condom distribution, Outreach (One On One), and Community Events.
For more detailed information, please check the UTHINK? Program and Follow us on the UTHINK Facebook Page to see more program activities in the community!
RAP (Respect Awareness Prevention)
The RAP Project is an integrated HIV/ Substance Abuse prevention program that targets African American youth and young adults aged 13-24. It is a local response to the impact of the significant epidemics of HIV, Viral Hepatitis (VH), and Substance Abuse (SA) among this target population. The main goal is to prevent and reduce the onset of substance abuse, and the transmission of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis among the target population, by educating, empowering, and equipping them with the appropriate skills needed to make healthy life choices.
For more detailed information, please check the RAP Program and Follow us on the RAP Facebook Page to see more program activities in the community!
HEPP (HIV/HCV Educational Prevention Program)
HEPP is designed to reduce the number of new HIV and HCV infections by increasing awareness of HIV/HCV epidemics, different risk reduction interventions including PrEP, increasing access to HIV/HCV testing, care and treatment services.
CHIP & CIP
CHIP & CIP is a Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention & Care in the Panhandle
In collaboration with PanCare, the project is implemented by using community-based strategies to diagnose HIV as early as possible; treat HIV quickly and effectively; prevent new HIV cases; and collaborate with Florida Health Department in responding quickly to HIV clusters.
This is a linkage to care program that helps navigate clients to needed care and treatment services. It also addresses the unique obstacles that prevent individuals from accessing care and adherence to medications, diagnostics and tracks increase/decrease of the CD4 and viral load.
For more detailed information, please check the FULLY COMMITTED-X Program.
All our education/prevention programs provide and present the latest information about HIV, HCV and other STDs. The information we provide is presented in a manner that our audience can both understand and relate to.
By providing people with information about HIV, how transmission occurs, symptoms, how to diagnose/test and how to prevent it. Other related topics are also discussed including High Risk Behavior, Universal Precautions, HIV Myths, etc.
Individual or one-on-one educations and Community Forums.
As part of its community outreach, BASIC NWFL, Inc. also participates in and conducts health fairs throughout the six county service area. During the community outreach, our HIV prevention specialists conduct one-on-one contact in providing education to individuals 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.
To community awareness and support, our prevention specialists also provide educational sessions or presentations, usually one hour educational sessions, to various groups such as schools, churches, youth groups, civic and community organizations, clubs, health care providers, correctional institutions, etc.