AIDS WALK Charlotte 2023

BENEFICIARY

RAIN empowers persons living with HIV and those at risk to be healthy and stigma free.

RAIN is one of the largest HIV nonprofits in the Carolinas providing direct client services and is widely recognized for its unique model and expertise in working with persons living with HIV and AIDS. RAIN has received a number of national and state awards for accomplishments and innovative practices. RAIN integrates the wisdom and voices of those infected with HIV in the planning and delivery of services. As a result of their work, they inspire and empower more people to live, open more minds, and help break stigma of HIV.

Medical Case Management*: Assisting adults living with HIV (ages 25 and older) in obtaining community resources necessary for maintaining good health and eliminating barriers to effective treatment.

Empowering Positive Youth (EPY)*: Providing compassionate care to youth living with HIV (ages 13 to 24) with peer counseling, referrals to support services, medical case management, education on HIV/STI prevention and support in learning to live with HIV.

Early Intervention Services (EIS)*: Linking individuals who have fallen out of care or newly diagnosed and face the most barriers to effective treatment, adherence and viral suppression.

Health Insurance Assistance*: Assisting eligible individuals in successfully navigating the health insurance options to meet their unique medical needs. Also providing financial assistance for premiums and other out of pocket costs for those living with HIV.

Counseling Services*: Providing virtual and on-site mental health support to clients as they work through issues related to a HIV diagnosis, anxiety, depression, trauma and substance abuse.

PrEP Program (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)*: Connecting HIV negative people to a prescribing physician to obtain medication and implementing risk reduction techniques to reduce the risk of exposure to HIV.

HIV/STI Testing*: Offering free and confidential testing in the community, during the day in our office Monday thru Friday (9 AM to 5 PM), Wednesday and Thursday evenings (5 to 7 PM), and at our drop in center. Click here to schedule a testing appointment.

Mobile Testing Unit*: Offering free and confidential HIV/STI testing in the community along with providing support services such as linkage to care, referrals, food gift cards, virtual visits as appropriate during testing encounters.

The Havens: Providing access to safe and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness who are living with HIV or other disabilities.

The Drop*: Welcoming community-based safe space for young men of color who have sex with men are provided HIV education, prevention and essential support services.

EASE (Enhancing wellness through Affirming Services and Education): Helping individuals decide if they are ready for treatment through a holistic wellness program that focuses on harm reduction based one-on-one counseling, group support and substance use treatment.

Support Groups: Offering support groups for adults (open group) and youth (closed group) living with HIV.

Awareness & Prevention Education*: Providing free programs to educate the community on HIV/STI prevention and promote the end of HIV stigma including community presentations, classes and information booths.

RAIN educates and advocates for all people with HIV and to work for a greater understanding of HIV and how it affects everyone regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation. They enable HIV positive people to live their lives to the fullest potential. To learn more and become involved please visit www.carolinarain.org.

* indicates service is also provided in Spanish