The Volunteers of America HIV Prevention Program provides educational services to high-risk youth and adults who are in treatment centers or incarcerated in the Rapid City area. The focus is risk reduction and education to encourage individuals to decrease unsafe behaviors that put them at risk for HIV.
HIV testing is offered to participants of the agency HIV Education Program. Counseling, testing and referral services are provided to help individuals become aware of their HIV status and to reduce risky behaviors that contribute to spreading or contracting HIV.
Comprehensive risk counseling services are provided to support individuals living with HIV or at risk of becoming infected with HIV. The HIV Prevention program focuses on meeting the immediate needs for these individuals ensuring linkages to care and other resources in the community. The HIV Prevention staff also develops a plan to assist with making behavior changes to reduce the risk of acquiring or transmitting STIs, HIV, and other transmissible diseases. Counseling services are provided by trained HIV Prevention staff.
HIV Prevention Services include:
- HIV Testing
- HIV Education
- Counseling Services
- Peer Mentoring
- Condom Distribution
- Every 9.5 minutes someone contracts HIV
- 68% of HIV cases are in people between ages of 24 to 65
- In South Dakota, 49% of those living with HIV/AIDS are between the ages of 45 and 65
- A person with HIV/AIDS can live a normal life thanks to advanced life-saving treatments and medication
For information contact:
24 E. New York St.
Rapid City, SD 57701