About Us

AVOL’s mission is to collaborate with communities to End HIV in Kentucky.

 

This bold mission for AVOL aligns our work with many “calls to action” recently emerging in communities throughout the Nation. We encourage people, organizations, formal and informal groups, elected officials and others in the community to do whatever it takes to get Kentucky’s numbers to specific levels in five key areas by 2023.

 

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

 

·      Decreasing the number of new HIV infections

 

·      Increasing the number of people living with HIV connected to, reconnected to, and maintained in medical care

 

·      Increasing the number of people living with HIV who achieve and maintain viral suppression

 

·      Working to eliminate health disparities and HIV stigma

 

Never before since we began our work in 1987, have the tools available to us been so effective. 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, 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 adherence leading to viral suppression. PrEP, an effective once daily pill taken to prevent the transmission of HIV, is becoming more and more 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.

 

For more information contact:

 

Jon Parker, Executive Director

AIDS Volunteers, Inc.

365 Waller Avenue, Suite 100

Lexington, KY 40504

(859/ 225-3000 x26

jon@avolky.org