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CRUSAIDSCRUSAIDS, Concerned Residents United to Stop AIDS, is an outreach program of Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc.  Created in 1999, CRUSAIDS’ primary goal is to assist in the fight against AIDS.  African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.  In an effort to combat these diseases, CRUSAIDS offers free HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, free risk reduction materials, and education.

The program is headed by a licensed Social Worker who provides the majority of the services.  Under the supervision of the Social Worker, there are also outreach workers and gatekeepers.  Outreach Workers accompany the Social Worker in street outreach.  Gatekeepers are individuals who have access to populations who are at risk for HIV/AIDS.  The Gatekeeper's role is to encourage these individuals to come in for testing.

The primary goal of this program is to reduce the number of new infections of HIV and to increase the number of high risk and very high risk individuals who get tested for HIV.

Community Advisory Board

The role of the Community Advisory Board is to make sure the program is accomplishing the goals set out in the workplan.  This board is made up of individuals who are interested in seeing the spread of HIV/AIDS decreased in the African American community.  The Advisory Board makes sure the activities of the CRUSAIDS are publicized.  If you are interested in becoming a part of CRUSAIDS, call Nichole Miller at 304-529-0753 ext. 120.

What is HIV?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.  It is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome).  It is estimated that about half of the people who have HIV will develop AIDS within 10 years.  The main ways  people become infected with HIV are through sharing needles with an infected person, mother to child during pregnancy, birth or breast feeding, by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person and, although rare, through transfusions or exchanges of HIV infected blood.

Testing

HIV testing is available during testing events. Please call for event schedule. Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM or by appointment.  The test consists of a mouth swab and is completely confidential.  Call Rebecca Glass at 304-529-0753 ext. 107.

Program Support

Support for CRUSAIDS is provided by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.

Program Objective

CRUSAIDS is a community based program of Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. aimed at reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS through counseling and testing, distribution of risk reduction materials, and educational presentations.

Activities

* Street Outreach Sessions
* AFYA
* National HIV Testing Day
* Scared Straight
* World AIDS Day

 
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