In order to intensify our MAI EIS activities to prevent HIV infection, MASS has partnered with the Black AIDS Institute to participate in the Test 1 Million (T1M) campaign. T1M is the Black AIDS Institute’s signature mobilization campaign, in partnership with leading Black organizations and institutions. It builds upon the National Black AIDS Mobilization: a call to action to engage all Black Americans, from individuals to institutions, in a community-wide effort to end the AIDS epidemic. The T1M movement is one of awareness, personal responsibility and collective action.
As part of this important movement, MASS will incorporate EIS activities of HIV Testing, Counseling and Referral for students at Norfolk State University. Clients who walk-in to the HHSS agency can request HIV testing as a result of the Social Network model that is in our outreach program. These locations allow us to provide HIV testing to our targeted audience, which includes Black males and females, men who have sex with men and the emerging population with emphasis on the ages 13-29.
After obtaining a Memorandum of Agreement with Norfolk State Student Activities and Leadership Department, MASS will schedule HIV Testing, Counseling and Referral Services at the Student Union Center twice a month. The NSU Staff provides confidential space for testing and counseling.
Providing Local Testing
MASS also follows the T1M protocol to provide HIV testing in the MASS agency for walk-ins or clients referred by the Outreach Specialist. The Outreach Specialist will help clients engage or re-engage with HIV primary care and case management.