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HIV Testing and Counseling
You’re not alone if you feel anxiety about an HIV test. But we’re here to help with FREE HIV testing by friendly, knowledgeable staff in a confidential and safe environment. A tiny amount of blood from a finger-poke is all we need to give you results in 20 minutes.
In our Benton Harbor office, HIV testing hours are from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. every Wednesday. No appointment is necessary.
At our Kalamazoo location, walk-in hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and also by appointment by calling our Prevention Department at (269) 381-2437 x 7561. After hours appointments available as well.
Managing the complexity of HIV can be difficult. The virus can lead to numerous health problems that prevent you from receiving proper care.
Our staff members are trained experts at helping people navigate the waters of HIV. From prescription “do’s and don’ts” to receiving treatment without insurance – we can help you get the best service from medical practitioners with straight, unbiased information delivered with compassion.
Additional services include life and budget planning, emergency financial assistance, finding housing, transportation for medical appointments and more.
Out Proud Safe (OPS)
OPS works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth ages 13-24 years old. Working closely with a coalition of local youth serving organizations, OPS provides case management services for homeless individuals and identifies key community resources for LGBTQ youth, families, and service providers.
This program also offers cultural competency training to educate organizations on LGBTQ youth and increase competence in discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with youth.
For more information check out http://outproudsafe.org or call Sara at (269) 598-7527.
Tobacco Cessation Program
CARES is thrilled to be a partner in the Tobacco Use Reduction in PLWHA project through MDHHS. Love Chambers, RN/Tobacco Treatment Specialist, is dedicated to helping People Living With HIV (PLWH) quit using tobacco!
The program specializes in judgment-free, no-pressure support of individuals on their path to becoming smoke-free. It’s important for PLWH who want to stop smoking to be in a safe and supportive environment where they are empowered to give up cigarettes on their own terms.For those not ready to quit altogether, experts recommend cutting the amount and frequency of smoking.
Love provides this by meeting one on one to discuss their goals for quitting or reducing tobacco use. The conversation focuses on each person’s reasons for wanting to quit, their past quit attempts, triggers, coping skills, information about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other quit smoking medications.
Please call or text Love at (269) 352-4781 to schedule an appointment!