NIAC’s vision is to make an HIV-free generation become reality.
The mobile HIV testing program is still in its early planning stages. The outreach vehicle will initiate mobile HIV testing services in the northern region and north central region of Idaho that encompasses the state’s ten most northern counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, Clearwater, Latah, Idaho, Lewis, and Nez Perce, which is referred to as north Idaho.
The strategy is to conduct targeted testing to get high risk populations in for testing by creating access to HIV care and prevention to remove stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS status. Removing these barriers encourage more people to learn their status earlier, and by doing so, potentially reduce HIV transmission. The mobile clinic will aid in getting more people tested at an earlier stage of HIV with a cost effective option that is viable to improving wellness in rural communities.
The vehicle will provide free confidential HIV testing, Hepatitis C testing, condoms, and literature at various locations and times to at-risk populations who may face economic, stigma and discrimination as barriers to health care or unable to access HIV testing due to lack of transportation, insurance, and geographical location, and low income status. The mobile HIV testing van will reach those segments of populations who are at risk for HIV infection to slowly close the gap to access to HIV care.
We are interested in working with community partners in northern Idaho and north central Idaho to collaborate on reaching populations that are at high risk for serious health problems associated with HIV/AIDS. The mobile clinic will enhance HIV prevention efforts, HIV care and service delivery in rural communities in the north Idaho.