Today’s work with Medical AIDS Outreach was super exciting for us because we got to spend most of it helping Keith operate a booth at the local health fair in Job Corps!
We were catering primarily to young adults roughly between the ages of 12 to 18, but hey, prevention starts early. The more educated these young people are, the better their ability to prevent against HIV contraction in the future (not to mention also against other harmful STDs). Most of all, our mission focuses on letting them know that there are resources in this community interested in helping them maintain healthy lives.
We passed out Medical AIDS Outreach material (including free access to HIV testing, condoms, and education at the clinic). We also passed out informational pamphlets: “Ten Good Ways to Protect Yourself from HIV and AIDS,” “Abstinence and Oral Sex,” “HIV/AIDS…Why You Should Care,” “Condom Power,” and “7 Stressful Things About Sex.” In addition, we had a wide variety of free male and female condoms, feminine hygiene “care bags,” keychains with condoms inside as emergency “stand-by’s,” and water bottles. The free things definitely enticed students to come to our booth and learn about HIV prevention techniques. One of these techniques is simply to use a condom when having sex. Condoms protect against both pregnancy and many of the STDs, including HIV. Throughout the day, we noticed that many of the students expressed a genuine interest in learning about HIV prevention and safe sex. There were those who were previously oblivious or apathetic to the importance of HIV prevention and benefited a great deal from our booth. Many left our booth with a new-found sense of awareness and conscientiousness about the significance of STD prevention and safe sex.
Note: Medical AIDS Outreach is still informally known as Montgomery AIDS Outreach to many members of the community, despite the recent name change.
Here are some more pictures about our time at the health fair.
If you live in the Montgomery-Prattville-Wetumpka area and would like more information regarding STD prevention or get tested for HIV/AIDS, we encourage you to visit 2900 McGehee Road, Montgomery, AL.