HIV PREVENTION AND HARM REDUCTION
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For the past two and half years I have had the opportunity to volunteer at the HIV Alliance in the needle exchange and harm reduction program.I feel honored to serve a community that's so frequently ignored. Each week the HIV Alliance van strategically chooses and visits locations in Eugene, OR where they safely collect used syringes in sharp containers and offer exchange for new syringes. This exchange program helps decrease the high risk of infection and spread of pathogens that can result when used syringes are shared among individuals.
In addition, I am also a volunteer test technician in the HIV Alliance's testing program. I love working in this area because the role allows me to encourage individuals to know their status and I am able to help people become comfortable talking about prevention methods.