Outreach, Education, and Prevention Services
Making A Difference
Free HIV Testing
Free HIV Testing is an important step in offering expanded access to those wishing to know their status and ultimately preventing the spread of HIV in our community.
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***During this time of uncertainty, we would like to make things easier by offering at home HIV testing. Reach out to our Prevention Team members to learn more about receiving your home test kit through the mail.***
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Since the start of this unusual time, and as we have increased the number of At-Home Test Kits we mail out and give out, we wanted to make a simple video explaining how to properly take an At-Home Test Kit.
It is really important you take the test according to its packaging, to ensure you have the most accurate result.
Here is our Outreach and Education Coordinator, Chris Eaglin, demonstrating the proper way to perform the test, in the privacy of your own home.
FAHASS is committed to making condoms readily available and accessible throughout the Fredericksburg area.
We will MAIL condoms directly, and discretely, to your home!!!
Please click here for an order form. After submitting the completed form, someone will be in contact with you shortly.
One daily pill can help prevent HIV.
TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex, when taken every day and used together with safer sex practices.
TRUVADA for PrEP is only for people who are at risk of getting HIV-1 and weigh at least 77 pounds.
You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP.
TRUVADA for PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy.
If you are insured, you may qualify for free medication and services. Please contact Donna Powell if you would like to learn more about PrEP.
Outreach and Education
We participate in many LOCAL EVENTS such as health fairs, volunteer fairs, community festivals, etc. At such events, we are available to pass out brochures, safe-sex kits, and other health education literature. In addition, we provide HIV testing services on-site at several local events during the year.
Community Speaking is facilitated by trained HIV educators and are specialized for community organizations and health awareness. Topics include HIV transmission, prevention, and awareness, as well as information about FAHASS and the services we offer.
Contact us to arrange a speaking engagement at your agency today!
The FAHASS Prevention Team seeks to reduce stigma surrounding HIV by bringing awareness to it, educating about its transmission, and the necessity for testing. Our Outreach Team Members provide health education and health promotion programs with the goal of reducing the risk of individuals becoming infected with HIV or, if already infected, reduce the risk of transmitting the virus and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) to others. We work to provide the community with the most current information about HIV and risk reduction.
Mpowerment is a community building program designed to reduce the frequency of unprotected anal intercourse among young gay and bisexual men. Developed through an intensive social marketing process with young gay men, the Mpowerment is based on an empowerment model in which young gay men take charge of the project. We are looking for young gay and bisexual men between the age of 18-30 to join our program.
For more information please contact Charlton Brown.
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). NYHAAD is the first annual observance day set aside to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on young people.
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) serves as a reminder that investing in young people’s health and education is a critical step to achieving an AIDS-free generation. This annual observance was created in 2013 by partners to educate the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS on youth.
In the United States, 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses were among young people aged 13-24 years. Getting tested for HIV is an important step toward prevention; however, testing rates among high school students remain low. Only 9% of U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV.
For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/nyhaad.html