AFC provides prevention education, testing, training and program coordination to community-based organizations. The prevention program strives to effect positive change in our communities by working in collaboration with local community-based organizations and care providers to provide routine, streamlined and episodic HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and linkage to care.
By strengthening and expanding collaborative program efforts, technical assistance and funding to community-based organizations, the prevention program aims to improve the capacity of local service providers to perform effective and appropriate HIV/AIDS prevention activities for outreach to highly vulnerable populations.
The Bridge Project collaborative seeks to reduce hurdles to getting an HIV test by placing testers in convenient locations. Established in 2011 in partnership with four Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) offices on the South Side of Chicago, the Bridge Project placed HIV test counselors and recruiters at DHS offices and provided free, rapid HIV testing on a weekly basis to individuals seeking services at those sites.
The MSM Testing Initiative (MTI) focuses HIV testing efforts on gay and bisexual men from all communities and ethnicities. The program reaches men through social venues including bars, events, parks and more, and is designed to link them to care.
This citywide HIV testing initative brings community-based organizations together to build marketing efforts to promote routine HIV testing. Read more.
AFC and the Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Public Schools, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Planned Parenthood of Illinois will launch Project Elevate, an innovative sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention and treatment campaign created by and for young women of color and young transgender women of color in Chicago that encourages young women to take control of their health. The three-year project will support the planning, implementation and evaluation of innovative, interdisciplinary interventions to reduce STD disparities, decrease barriers and stigma, promote sexual health, and advance community wellness. Read more.