Welcome to the HIV/STD Prevention Center
The HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (HAPP) focuses on HIV prevention education and outreach services in the Anchorage area, provider trainings, HIV+ speakers, and rural community consultations regarding HIV prevention efforts. In addition, HAPP provides capacity building assistance for Native-serving HIV prevention efforts and specialized prevention media development services.
This is a community outreach program in Anchorage for Alaska Native women to reduce the impact of HIV/STD and to increase access to testing and care. Targeted HIV/STD prevention media and Role Model stories are delivered to Alaska Native women by Community Outreach Specialists to provide risk reduction education and resources that help reduce HIV/STD infection/transmission and increase HIV /STD testing and treatment. The Community PROMISE intervention is included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Compendium of Interventions with Evidence of Effectiveness.
The Community Drum website (communitydrum.org) is an online forum for Alaska Native HIV/STD prevention, care information and resources. It is also a site for Alaska Native people to share their stores, poems and insights of how they and their communities have been affected by the HIV epidemic in Alaska. Audio narratives of Native language stories will be available.
Alaska Native Aurora Society
This is a community outreach program, based on the Mpowerment intervention, for Alaska Native men and their social networks to reduce the impact of HIV/STD and to increase access to testing and care. Peers operate the Mpowerment intervention which seeks to create a healthy, safe and drug-free community for participants by hosting community events, group outreach opportunities and educational forms. The Mpowerment intervention is included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Compendium of Interventions with Evidence of Effectiveness.
STD Prevention Program
Alaska has the highest rates of Chlamydia in the nation. The rate of Chlamydia infection among Alaska Natives is six times greater than those of whites in Alaska. The STD program is determining if self-collected Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing are feasible option that can increase STD screening opportunities and decrease Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates in Alaska. The program is also developing youth-focused, internet-based STD education website to promote sexual health and STD testing. The program is working to create an STD prevention website that will allow Alaskans to order self-collected STD specimen kids.