HELP was funded to conduct a comprehensive HIV needs assessment in Tarrant County and to expand the reach of HIV services and programming throughout the community. This program brings leaders from the local gay community, along with elected officials and representative from other AIDS service organizations, together to effectively plan for meeting the HIV prevention and service needs of Tarrant County.
Rubber Access Project (RAP)
HELP distributes more than 100,000 condoms each year through our RAP program. 60% of gay men in Tarrant County reported not having a condom when they needed one within the past year. This lack of condom availability is a major factor in risk-taking behavior. We distribute condoms to area gay bars, local organizations serving the gay community, and through our Condom of the Month program.
Rapid Connect Program
The Rapid Connect Program conducts free rapid HIV testing and linkage to care for those living with HIV. The primary focus of our program is expanding access to HIV testing for the gay community, but we test anyone who needs it. We use the INSTI Rapid HIV test so you have your results in 1 minute. Testing is conducted from 9:30am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday, and until 7:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays. In addition, we test at community events and in area gay bars.
iPlay is the “friends don’t let friends drive drunk” of HIV prevention. This two-session program equips local leaders in the gay community to talk with and educate their friends about HIV and the importance of playing safe. The program has been proven to be effective in reducing the spread of HIV in the gay community. HELP is the only program in Texas chosen to conduct this nationally recognized strategy.
The Tarrant County STI Community Coalition develops and maintains collaborative relationships between representatives of the communities most affected by syphilis and gonorrhea and local health organizations. The Coalition designs strategic public health awareness campaigns to 1.) Increase public awareness of STI transmission, 2.) Increase both routine and extra-genital testing and treatment of STIs, and 3.) Provide strategies for individuals to reduce their risk of contracting or transmitting an STI.
For More information about the STI Coalition call
Contact Carol Creech