ADVOCATING FOR YOU — HIV TESTING/PREVENTION SERVICES
UMOS is funded by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services for prevention and intervention of HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS testing. The mission of the UMOS HIV Program is to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and enhance the wellbeing of those affected by addressing the underlying factors that fuel a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among communities of color.
UMOS staff provided HIV outreach and information to more than 5,000 individuals. UMOS staff also distributed over 25,000 condoms to residents living in Milwaukee County as part of the prevention and intervention of HIV/AID efforts.
UMOS HIV Program Staff tested over 195 community members utilizing new Rapid HIV testing technology that detects HIV in just 15 days, unlike the prior HIV test that had a 3-month window period in detecting HIV infection. The HIV Prevention program offers free rapid, individualized, and confidential HIV testing that only takes 20 minutes to complete with a simple venipuncture finger stick.
UMOS also provided testing/screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea. This testing is provided to increase the number of people who know their HIV status, and to encourage and provide support for high- risk clients to adopt new behaviors that reduce their risk of HIV/STD infection and/or transmission, as well as ensure linkage to appropriate medical care and partner services.
On the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event in February, UMOS was selected to plan, coordinate and successfully execute the event in only five weeks.
UMOS staff successfully executed the event with over 1,500 community members in attendance. In addition, 48 individuals were tested for HIV/STDs, and UMOS staff distributed over 3,000 condoms with program information.
The UMOS HIV Department participated in other events such as Pride Fest, National Women’s and Girls HIV Awareness Day, Cinco de Mayo, and National HIV Testing Day.