HEALTH & WELLNESS Help When You Need It F or those who are currently affected by HIV/AIDS, are newly diagnosed, at-risk or have a family member or friend who is impacted by it, there are many local agencies to turn to for help and/or information. From testing to medications, advance treatment compliance, education, empowerment, assistance, compassionate care and removing barriers for those living with HIV, there are organizations that work to normalize life for those in need, remove stigmas and fear, provide peer support, or perform research for a cure. What they all have in common is their commitment to improving the life of those infected or affected by the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov can answer a myriad of questions about diagnosis, statistics, progression and services. And here are just a few of the available community resources. through coordination of medical care, social support, and prevention and testing services. 4169 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108 (314) 535- 7275, projectark.wustl.edu Saint Louis Effort for AIDS provides education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and offers comprehensive support services to those affected by the disease. 1027 S. Vandeventer Ave., Suite 700, St. Louis, MO 63110 (314) 645-6451, stlefa.org Saint Louis University Care Infectious Diseases Clinic provides diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of infectious diseases, follow-up care for hospital infections, and preventive care to optimize patient well-being for complex conditions, including HIV/ AIDS. Drummond Hall, 3691 Rutger St., Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63110 (314) 977-9050, slu.edu/internal-medicine-home/infectious-diseases/slucare- infectious-diseases-clinic The Barrier Elimination and Care Navigation or BEACON Project was formed by Saint Louis Effort for AIDS partnering with other agencies to directly focus on the lost-to-care population. About 50 percent of the people living with HIV/AIDS in the St. Louis region have not seen a doctor, had labs drawn, or taken HIV medications within the last 12 months. BEACON finds them, helps them navigate the care system and overcome the barriers that are keeping them from getting into or staying in care. stlefa.org/BOH Doorways provides housing and related supportive services to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for those living with HIV/AIDS through direct services and the efforts of program partners for the 15-county St. Louis metropolitan area, 62 under-served counties in outstate Missouri and 55 under-served counties in outstate Illinois. 4385 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108 (314) 535-1919, doorwayshousing.org Food Outreach provides nutritional support and helps to improve the quality of life for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. 3117 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103 (314) 652-3663, foodoutreach.org Project Ark provides services that enhance the lives of children, youth, young adults, women, and families infected, affected, and at-risk for HIV 72 GAZELLE STL WORLD AIDS DAY ST. LOUIS Community AIDS agencies will come together from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at the Missouri History Museum to commemorate World AIDS Day and help raise awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The event will remember those who have lost their battle with HIV/ AIDS with a display of AIDS Memorial Quilt panels and recognize individuals who exemplify dedication to the HIV/AIDS community with the presentation of the St. Louis region’s first Red Ribbon Awards. Community partners will offer booth exhibits that demonstrate their initiative and area of expertise in the field. In addition, a screening of the film “Still Around,” a feature length short film compilation that portrays 15 people living with HIV/AIDS, will be accompanied by the Gateway Men’s Chorus. Free rapid HIV testings will be offered. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The event is presented in collaboration with the Washington University School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Clinic and the St. Louis Region World AIDS Day Committee. Admission is free.