Currently, there is no preventative vaccine or cure for HIV. Without a cure or vaccine, education is our only hope of preventing the spread of HIV. Research documents that consistent, sustained and comprehensive prevention programs are effective in reducing behaviors know to transmit HIV.
AIDS Resource Center Ohio offers a wide array of prevention programs and interventions for all ages and groups as well as training and consultation for professionals who work with our target populations. Presentations are age appropriate and culturally specific and often provide safer sex supplies (where appropriate) and education materials such as curricula, pamphlets, brochures, fact sheets and videos. Our presentations can include topics such as:
- What is HIV/AIDS?
- Local HIV/AIDS-related programs and services
- How the virus is and is not transmitted
- First person stories by a Person Living with HIV/AIDS
- Prevention methods and strategies
- AIDS in the workplace, school or other settings
- Treatment and research updates
- HIV/AIDS and STD basics
- Relationship between substance abuse & HIV
- What happens if I am HIV infected?
- Self-esteem & sexual empowerment
Due to limited resources, ARC Ohio must utilize the majority of their prevention resources targeting those populations where HIV is spreading most rapidly and/or with populations disproportionately affected by HIV. Current programs specifically target;
Men Who Have Sex With Men
Men of Color
HIV positive individuals struggling to adopt safer sex practices
Youth and Adolescents
Women of Color
Individuals struggling with substance abuse