Nebraska AIDS Projects education department is committed to providing a comfortable and quality HIV and STD testing experience. The testing program offers the opportunity to ask questions regarding HIV and other STDs, learn your HIV status that same day, and test for the more common infections, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Our counselors are in-house trained to assist in identifying potential risk and options for risk reduction. Many of our counselors have been volunteering with the agency for several years, and are a great asset to both the program and the clients. The staff that manage the testing program have a combined 15 years of experience.
The education program also provides informational presentations to a multitude of persons and programs/agencies, such as Omaha Correctional Center, Campus for Hope, Community Alliance, Omaha Street School, and many more. Our presentations can be tailored to the audience, assuring that appropriate material is shared. These presentations can include basic HIV information, basic STD information, living with HIV, the history of Nebraska AIDS Project, stigma, sociological aspects of the disease, and epidemiology.
For more information about Prevention and Education programs and services, please contact Dara Pagano at (402) 552-9260 or by email.
HIV Basic Training
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HIV Basic Training covers the facts about HIV and AIDS. The training is free to all community members and can be adapted to meet the needs of any group, including employers and community organizations seeking education about HIV and AIDS. Nebraska AIDS Project staff acknowledges and respects each individual’s or group’s opinions and beliefs as we provide education in a nonjudgmental manner. HIV Basic training provides participants with the unique opportunity to learn about HIV/AIDS from experienced professionals so that they are able to communicate accurate information to their families and peers in an effort to prevent the further spread of HIV and its stigma. Each training session includes:
- A brief history of HIV and AIDS
- Education about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and how it is transmitted
- Education on how to prevent HIV transmission
- Discussion on treatment of HIV and AIDS
- Current statistics and trends
- HIV testing
- Debunking misconceptions about HIV and AIDS