Okaloosa AIDS Support & Informational Services (OASIS)
Okaloosa AIDS Support & Informational Services (OASIS) mission is to work to prevent the spread of HIV and to support those affected by HIV and AIDS through education, advocacy, case management, testing, counseling, linkage to care and retention.
Project Mobile Outreach and Testing Program (MOTP) will target at-risk populations where the greatest number of new infections occur in rural areas and pockets of poverty in urban areas. The program is aimed at reducing new infections to zero.
Besides testing and education, Peer Navigators will travel on the MOTP to meet and stay in touch with identified persons living with HIV/AIDS. They will help assure that their peers are referred into treatment and remain until their “viral load” is reduced below transmission potential. The Peer Navigator program overcomes limitations at OASIS Florida for Case Management services.
The grant fund will be used to purchase and maintain an RV with sufficient room and utilities to support a mobile HIV testing and education unit. A small percent of the funding will support a part-time program manager and HIV test counselors.