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Prevention Programs

AIDS Response Effort receives funding to implement evidence based interventions that target populations which are determined to be at high risk for contracting HIV. The goal is to educate and provide tools for behavior change resulting in reduction of risk behaviors that may lead to acquiring or transmitting HIV.

Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS)

A client‐centered HIV prevention counseling activity with the fundamental goal of promoting the adoption and maintenance of HIV risk‐reduction behaviors by clients with multiple, complex problems and risk‐reduction needs. CRCS provides intensive, ongoing, individualized prevention counseling, support and services. This HIV prevention activity addresses the relationship between HIV risk and other issues, such as substance use disorders, STD treatment, mental health and social and cultural factors.

Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships is a DEBI based on the Social Cognitive Theory and incorporates five small‐group sessions for men and women living with HIV/AIDS. This intervention focuses on developing decision‐making and problem‐solving skills, allowing individuals to make informed and safe decisions about disclosure and behavior. Healthy Relationships is highly adaptable for subpopulations of persons living with HIV/AIDS and can be adaptable for various settings, including clinical and community‐based settings. The HCPC recommends Healthy Relationships for people living with HIV/ AIDS.

Health Communication/Public Information

The delivery of planned HIV/AIDS prevention messages through one or more channels to encourage safe behavior, personal risk‐reduction efforts, the use of HIV prevention services and changing community norms. Channels of delivery include: community/health fairs, presentation/lectures, electronic and print media.

Health Education/Risk Reduction

A set of prevention activities provided to individuals or groups to assist clients in making plans for individual behavior change, promote and reinforce safer behaviors and provide interpersonal skills training in negotiating and sustaining appropriate behavior change. Activities range from individual HIV prevention counseling to group interventions to broad, community‐based interventions.