Awareness & Prevention Programs

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There is no cure or vaccine for HIV. After almost 28 years into the epidemic, prevention is still the best defense against the spread of HIV. Unity Wellness Center offers a range of education programs to a wide range of individuals, groups and organizations. Our programs are geared for the purpose of awareness, education, and risk reduction. Unity Wellness Center provides an array of age appropriate awareness and prevention programs.

Programs

Unity Wellness Center recognizes that the best prevention against the spread of HIV from sexual activity is by choosing and practicing sexual abstinence. UWC has developed and used several abstinence-based programs over the years.

Program topics include discussions about:

  • HIV and AIDS facts,
  • Myths concerning HIV and AIDS,
  • Values,
  • Decision-making,
  • Resisting risk-taking behaviors,
  • Benefits of not having sex and not taking drugs,
  • Benefits of postponing sexual activity,
  • Communication and
  • Seeking help.

Abstinence-Plus HIV prevention programs discuss not only the importance of abstinence, but mutual monogamy and the reliability and unreliability of condom use and other contraceptives.

Program topics include but not limited to:

  • HIV and AIDS facts,
  • Myths concerning HIV and AIDS,
  • Values,
  • Decision-making,
  • Resisting risk-taking behaviors,
  • Benefits of postponing sexual activity and not taking drugs,
  • Benefits of mutual monogamous relationships,
  • scientifically-based evidence and statistics on the reliability and unreliability of the use of condoms and other barrier methods,
  • Communication, and
  • Seeking help.

Bart is an education program endorsed by the CDC which aims to promote responsible healthy behaviors among 7th-12th grade adolescents. BART instructors utilize games, videos, worksheets and other activities to teach responsible sexual behaviors, relationship skills and countering peer pressure.

BART topics include:

  • Basic HIV knowledge
  • Condom skills and negotiation
  • Bullying and peer pressure
  • Healthy relationships
  • Refusal skills
  • Risk reduction

Comprehensive HIV-prevention programs discuss not only the importance of abstinence, but mutual monogamy and the consistent and correct use of condoms and other barrier methods during sexual activity. Comprehensive HIV-prevention discusses sexual health as apart of an overall healthly lifestyle.

Program topics include but not limited to:

  • HIV and AIDS facts,
  • Myths concerning HIV and AIDS,
  • Values,
  • Decision-making,
  • Resisting risk-taking behaviors,
  • Benefits of postponing sexual activity and not taking drugs,
  • Benefits of mutual monogamous relationships,
  • scientifically-based evidence and statistics on the reliability and unreliability of the use of condoms and other barrier methods,
  • the proper use of condoms and other barrier methods,
  • sexual health, a healthy lifestyle, and healthy relationships,
  • Communication, and
  • Seeking help.

AIDS Outreach of EAMC can provided specific education and awareness workshops concerning HIV and specialized topics. Topics include:

  • Volunteer Training
  • Post-Test Education or Secondary HIV Prevention,
  • Act Smart: Youth HIV/AIDS Education for Three Age Groups
  • AIDS in the workplace,
  • The first 27 years of AIDS in the US,
  • HIV/AIDS in the Southern US,
  • HIV/AIDS and African Americans,
  • Woman, Girls, and HIV/AIDS
  • Men who have sex with men and HIV/AIDS,
  • Women who have sex with woman and HIV/AIDS,
  • Alcohol and drug use/abuse and HIV/AIDS,
  • HIV/AIDS and Older Americans,
  • Can We Talk: Guide for Parents in discussing HIV/AIDS with their children