AVOL serves low-income Kentuckians living with HIV/AIDS and those at high-risk for infection.
AVOL provides housing, supportive services, and connection to care for people with HIV/AIDS
AVOL provides free HIV testing, free condoms, as well as prevention education and outreach to people most at risk for infection
‘Robert’ first came to AVOL for an anonymous HIV test. His test came back reactive, and AVOL connected him to confirmatory testing and healthcare services. Six months later, Robert lost his job, leaving him without enough money for rent, so he called AVOL for help. AVOL was able to help Robert with his rent to keep him from getting evicted while he looked for another job.
‘Sheila’ and her family were living in an old mobile home with no running water in a rural county. She struggled to keep doctor’s appointments in Lexington because she didn’t have a car. Despite being sick, Sheila had also been walking 4-miles round-trip to get to the nearest store for basic supplies and food. One of AVOL’s Prevention Specialists working with Sheila learned of her housing conditions and referred her to Client Services. The Housing team helped Sheila find an affordable apartment in Lexington, where she has access to public transportation and her doctors.
‘Tom’ was living with his parents when he tested positive for HIV. They shunned him after learning of his diagnosis, and Tom ended up on the streets. Tom’s doctor wanted him to begin HIV medications, but Tom knew he couldn’t manage his medications or their side effects while living outdoors. AVOL helped Tom transition into stable, affordable housing so he could begin medications.