a.l.p.h.a. to Offer HIV Testing at the College of Southern Idaho

a.l.p.h.a. (Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS) will be offering rapid oral HIV testing on the CSI campus in Twin Falls on Wednesday, April 4th, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., room 247 inside the Student Union Building.

There is no charge for the test and clients can know their results in 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary and the event is open to the public.

Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS opened its doors on September 1st, 2003, located in a tiny space above the Flying M Coffeehouse in downtown Boise. a.l.p.h.a. became a comfortable referral center for HIV testing and counseling, STD/STI screening, support groups, workshops, and training. a.l.p.h.a. developed an educational outreach program approved by the Idaho Department of Education, and has helped thousands of people in Idaho “Know Their Status.”

In late 2009, a.l.p.h.a. opened its first satellite office in Twin Falls. Since opening its doors, it has grown from a small storefront on Main Street to its current multi-room office located at 213 3rd Ave East.

Besides HIV testing, the all volunteer led organization also offers free education classes regarding HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), support programs and free prevention materials.

Over the past three years a.l.p.h.a. has participated in several events on the CSI campus including World AIDS Day activities and testing, an AIDS walk and volunteers have made several classroom presentations regarding HIV and AIDS.

Wednesday’s event will mark a new partnership between CSI’s Community Service Council and a.l.p.h.a. in order to provide once-a-month on campus testing at the college and its satellite locations.

To set up an appointment or to find out more call 734-3842.

Speaking of a.l.p.h.a., you might have noticed all the dust flying at its Boise location. Recently the decision was made to combine the Exposure thrift shop with the a.l.p.h.a. office, located at 1009 W. Bannock St.

According to a recent newsletter, the move is a win-win for  the organization,”We not only save a money, but now 100% of Exposure sales revenues will directly benefit a.l.p.h.a. programs. Plus, Exposure has already introduced a.l.p.h.a.’s mission to new supporters whom may otherwise not have heard of us. Really, any way you look at it – this is a GREAT move!”

There will be a open house on Thursday, April 5th, from 5-8pm to celebrate the changes. No RSVP necessary!

Besides the thrift store, a.l.p.h.a. also operates a food bank for HIV+ individuals in the Treasure Valley. a.l.p.h.a. is a safe place for those who are HIV+ to gather and collect weekly nutritional items as well as socialize.

Monetary donations  to help support a.l.p.h.a. and its mission are always welcome.

For more information call 208-424-7799 or visit the a.l.p.h.a. website by clicking HERE.

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