Providing innovative approaches to improve health disparities in our community

AIDS Response Effort, Inc. (ARE) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides innovative approaches to improve health disparities in our community.

ARE's mission is to enrich the lives of those in our community through innovative, compassionate care and coordination of quality service deliver. ARE serves the Lord Fairfax Health District and is located in Winchester, VA.

To address the needs of those we serve, we have incorporated an integrative approach to the wellness of our clients living with HIV. We offer a variety of medical and support services, which includes: physician visits, lab work, dental care, mental health, substance use services, wellness, support group, transportation, nutrition services, education, financial counseling, and housing assistance.

ARE has a comprehensive housing program that includes case management, rental, utility, and mortgage assistance, as well as financial counseling and budget management. Homelessness and lack of affordable housing is a reality nationwide, and our community is no exception. ARE is committed to addressing and ending homelessness in the Lord Fairfax Health District (the counties of Frederick, Warren, Clarke, Page, Shenandoah, and Winchester City).

We have been fortunate to expand our Education & Outreach services over the last ten years. We offer access to condoms and PrEP for HIV prevention. We can assist clients in insurance enrollment and access to preventive medication (PrEP) at no cost to the client.

Our HIV testing has expanded across the community and we now combine HIV testing with Hepatitis C and STI testing. We provide free, confidential testing and access to Hepatitis C treatment at no cost to the client. The ARE Education Team also seeks to end the stigma around HIV, LGBTQ identity, and sexual health. We offer Safe Zone LGBTQ+ ally and Gender Identity trainings to the community and can adjust the training based around the intended audience.

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