Mission, Vision, and Values

AVOL Kentucky’s mission is to collaborate with communities to END HIV in Kentucky.
Our work strives for:

Increasing the number of people living with HIV who know their HIV status


Reducing the number of Kentuckians with newly acquired HIV 

Increasing the number of people living with HIV connected to medical care

 Increasing the number of people living with HIV who are virally suppressed

Eliminating disparities in HIV outcomes




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Services Overview

The tools available today to fight HIV are more effective than ever. We now know that people living with extremely low levels of HIV will not pass the virus along to others. This “viral suppression” involves many factors, the most important of which is that persons living with HIV remain engaged in medical care and medication adherence. Our housing, support and empowerment services have proven to reinforce and support medical adherence, leading to viral suppression. PrEP, an effective daily pill taken to prevent the transmission of HIV, is becoming increasingly accessible. Through these elements and traditional tried and true approaches like increasing access to testing, advocating condom use, education, reducing barriers, and raising awareness, together, WE CAN End HIV in Kentucky.

Upcoming Event

Today, we commemorate the life and legacy of AVOL founder Edwin Hackney, as we have learned about his recent passing. In the early years, when AVOL Kentucky was entirely a volunteer organization, Edwin provided mental health support to volunteers who gave of their time tending to those suffering ...from HIV disease. Throughout subsequent years, Edwin was always ready to lend a helping hand and be involved. His legacy at AVOL and the lives he touched through his work in our community will forever be remembered and celebrated. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and all who were touched by his friendship and leadership.

AIDS and the Social Sciences published in the early 1990s included an article penned by Edwin Hackney providing a history of HIV services in Lexington and the beginnings of AVOL. A copy of the book has been placed at the World AIDS Museum in Ft. Lauderdale honoring Edwin Hackney and Gary Key.

Congratulations Dining Out For Life Ambassadors Diva Lilo and Noah Williams for winning tickets to see the Jonas Brothers Concert at Central Bank Center next week! ENJOY

Thank you to all of our amazing Ambassadors. Y’all did a great job during Dining Out For Life representing AVOL ...Kentucky and our mission of Ending HIV in Kentucky!

Prize tickets were courtesy of the Cammack Family!

#DineOutLex #AVOLForKY #EndHIV

AVOL was honored to participate in Kentucky Black Pride, Inc. annual Pride Festival at Woodland Park this past Saturday! #EndHIV

Perfect cuisine, perfect weather, cherished partner restaurants, sponsors, and volunteers. And, thank you to all who dined last Thursday in support of AVOL Kentucky! Together, we can #EndHIV, for good!

Our final event results will be published a little later in the Fall while we continue collect donations. Still want to be a part of Dining Out For Life 2023? go to dineoutlex dot com, it is not too late. #AVOLforKY #dineoutlex

Lastly, our partner restaurants are open for business all year! Let's keep them busy... Thank you, everyone!

Good vibes only for Dining Out For Life at Lussi Brown Coffee Bar! Grab a cup of coffee and help us end HIV!

Tag us in your Dining Out For Life photos today with #DineOutLex!