The AIDS Coalition of Tulsa was founded in l988 to assist the Tulsa community in developing a coordinated response to AIDS. The Coalition is sponsored by the Community Service Council with support from the Tulsa Area United Way and meets monthly for an educational forum on HIV/AIDS issues. The Coalition has an open membership and invites interested community members to attend its meetings and participate in HIV prevention and care activities such as World AIDS Day and Tulsa’s annual AIDS Walk in October. The Coalition meets from Noon – 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Collins Room, Tulsa Area United Way Building, 1430 South Boulder. For more information, contact Janice Nicklas, Coordinator, 949-0447.
Free HIV Testing, Counseling, and Education
The H.O.P.E. Testing Clinic provides free confidential and anonymous testing for HIV infection. H.O.P.E.’s state certified counselors and testers are available for educational presentations and street outreach. Free Hepatitis C Testing is also available at H.O.P.E. The Clinic is located at 3540 East 31st, Suite 6. For more information, contact H.O.P.E. at 749-8378. See video, below.
Youth Services of Tulsa provides HIV education, counseling and testing for at risk youth in the Tulsa area. HIV testing is free and confidential. For more information, contact Julie Trainum, 582-0061,
Morton Health Services’ HIV prevention program targets African Americans and Hispanics, but all Tulsa are residents are welcome to contact Morton for HIV prevention education, counseling and testing. For more information, contact Derrick Davis, 587-2171.
Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma provides free and confidential HIV prevention education, counseling, and testing at their Clinic office, 1007 South Peoria. In addition, the 20 minute OraSure HIV Quick test is also free and available for individuals who need same day results. Please call the education department, 858-8440 to schedule an appointment.
The University of Tulsa Alexander Student Health Services offers HIV/STD education, counseling and testing. Free and confidential OraSure 20 minute HIV tests are also available at the Clinic. Call 631-2241 to make an appointment.
The American Red Cross provides HIV/AIDS educators for schools and other community groups. For more than 20 years the Red Cross has helped to educate school age children and young adults about HIV transmission and how to stay safe from the virus. For more information or to schedule a program, contact 831-1633.
The HIV Prevention Program for Incarcerated Men and Women is a nationally recognized award winning program for educating inmates and their family members about HIV prevention. Incarcerated men and women have an opportunity to earn a college credit from a community college and become a peer educator in HIV prevention while they are in prison. For more information about the program, contact Melanie Spector, 581-2444.
HIV Care and Treatment
Tulsa C.A.R.E.S., a United Way agency, provides many HIV care services for low income individuals and their families who are living with HIV/AIDS. Some of the services provided by Tulsa C.A.R.E.S. include case management, housing assistance, transportation, referrals for medical care, mental health counseling, a food pantry, and other supportive services. For more information, please call, 834-4194.
The OSU Internal Medicine Specialty Clinic provides medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Clinic receives funding from the Ryan White CARE Act to provide medical care, lab tests, transportation, and prescription drug assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. Oklahomans who have tested HIV positive and who are not in medical care are urged to contact the clinic for an assessment and an opportunity to begin treatment when they are ready. To contact the clinic, please call, 382-5058.
Our House II offers a gathering place for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Our House volunteers prepare holiday meals and organize social gathering for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Our House offers a toiletry pantry to low income individuals to help them meet their basic needs for daily living. For more articles, contact 585-9552.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services AIDS Information and Coordination Services is a free service for people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS to connect them to HIV care and other supportive services. Contact Stan Smalts, 581-2178 or Kenya Johnson, 581-2146.
St. Joseph Residence is a residential care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS. Contact 587-6456 for more information.
Hospice of Green Country, a nonprofit hospice dedicated to serving the critically ill including individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS regardless of the ability to pay. Contact 747-2273.
The Tulsa Community AIDS Partnership (TCAP) raises funds and makes grants for HIV prevention and care in Tulsa. Convened by the Tulsa Area United Way and the Community Service Council, TCAP has provided more than 2.5 million in grants for Tulsa HIV/AIDS services. Every year since l993, TCAP has raised local matching funds for a challenge grant from the National AIDS Fund and the Elton John Foundation bringing national dollars to our community. In addition, TCAP has hosted a National AIDS Fund AmeriCorps Team every year since the program began in l994. For more information contact Janice Nicklas, Director, 585-5551.
AIDS Walk Tulsa, www.aidswalktulsa.org, is held each year on the first Saturday of October to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Funding raised online and at the Walk goes to support keeping a National AIDS Fund AmeriCorps Team in Tulsa. The Team works in many of Tulsa’s HIV prevention and care programs, and many former members continue to volunteer or work in HIV prevention and care after their year of National Service. For more information about the Walk, go to www.aidswalktulsa.org or call 949-0447.The AIDS Walk will be held the first Saturday in October 2011 at 9 a.m., Veterans Park, 21st and Boulder.
Janice Nicklas, Senior Planner, CSC AIDS Initiatives
Other CSC initiatives, programs and sponsored groups