The Know Your Status Program (KYS) utilizes a mobile unit, Association House, and partner locations as sites to provide culturally-competent, client-centered, and evidence-based HIV Prevention, Intervention and Education programming throughout Chicagoland.
The program’s goal is to reduce incidences of infection, help illuminate undiagnosed cases, and raise general awareness about the infection. Simultaneously, it offers wrap-around services that helps families emerge from crisis situations and help them achieve long-term financial and social stability. Wrap-around services include: referrals for housing services, assistance with public benefits applications, Mental Health counseling, substance abuse services, navigating the Affordable Care Act, pre-employment training, adult education, a state-certified charter high school, an emergency food pantry, and behavioral health services for those with developmental disabilities and co-occurring disorders.
KYS targets high-risk populations that have been identified by the Chicago Department of Public Health for its program, which includes African American, heterosexual men, ages 14 and older and African American, heterosexual women, ages 14 and older.
Know Your Status Project is divided into three sections:
- Testing and linkage to care intervention which primary goal is to link newly diagnosed and clients that are out of care into medical care.
- PROMISE, a high-risk negative intervention in which participants are given role model stories based from interviews conducted from participants that live in the community.
- Healthy Relationships, an intervention for HIV positive clients.
For more information about the Know Your Status Program or to schedule an HIV testing event with our mobile unit, please contact Mark Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.