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HIV/AIDS Education Programs

Providing accurate information regarding HIV and AIDS is one of the goals and challenges facing all of us affected by this epidemic. Through education we hope to bring awareness and compassion into our world.

We provide education on HIV prevention for youth and/or adult groups in congregational settings. Another facet of our educational program is providing speakers and seminars for others, including clergy and lay ministers.

Our educational programming is also designed to reach out to those faith communities which have not yet formally responded to the AIDS epidemic, to provide them with accurate information regarding the disease and dispel some of the fears associated with AIDS so that everyone can respond with knowledge and compassion to this crisis.

Among the many educational opportunities available through TIHAN are the following: training for volunteers; educational presentations available to ALL congregations which request one; continuing education workshops so that our volunteers may keep abreast of the latest developments and issues associated with HIV and AIDS; and clergy roundtable sessions. 

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Volunteer Orientation

In just one morning or afternoon, you will experience an HIV 101 presentation, be inspired by a panel discussion of persons living with HIV, and hear an overview of TIHAN's programs, services and volunteer opportunities.

In order to become a volunteer with TIHAN it is a requirement that you attend Volunteer Orientation.

Offered: six (6) times each year

Cost: $17 which includes snacks and materials (scholarships are available). Please remit prior to the training.

Prerequisites: please complete your Volunteer Application Packet and email, mail or hand deliver it to the Volunteer Coordinator prior to the training. Please call 299-6647 to register.

To guarantee your spot, please make sure that we receive your completed application packet and payment in advance. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 299-6647 or email us at VolunteerCoordinator@tihan.org.

Duration: 4 hours

2017 Schedule:

Date

Time

Tuesday
January 24

8:30am-
12:30pm

Tuesday
March 21

12:30pm-
4:30pm

Saturday
May 20

8:30am-
12:30pm

Saturday
July 29

8:30am-
12:30pm

Saturday
September 23

8:30am-
12:30pm

Tuesday
November 14

12:30pm-
4:30pm

 

 

Click here for a printable flyer showing all 2017 Volunteer Orientation dates.

Contact: TIHAN's Volunteer Coordinator, 299-6647 or VolunteerCoordinator@tihan.org.

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Care & Support Training

Care & Support Training is your opportunity to expand your knowledge to provide compassionate support to people living with HIV. If you are interested in volunteering for

  • Link Specialist

  • Member of a Care Team

  • Poz Cafe volunteer

  • Holiday Program volunteer

  • Care & Support data entry and Administrative support

sign up for Care & Support Training! Topics covered are empowerment, compassionate care, cultural competency, psychosocial issues, boundaries, and active listening.

Offered: five (5) times each year

Cost: the training fee for materials and snacks (normally $22) is waived for all of 2017

Prerequisites: TIHAN Volunteer Orientation

Location:

  • Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    2331 E. Adams St. (1 block south of the Arizona Inn)

Duration: 4.5 hours

2017 Schedule:

Date

Time

Location

Tuesday
January 31
8:30am-
1:00pm

Grace
St. Paul's

Tuesday
March 28
1:00pm-
5:30pm

Grace
St. Paul's

Tuesday
May 23
8:30am-
1:00pm

Grace
St. Paul's

Saturday
August 05
1:00pm-
5:30pm

Grace
St. Paul's

Tuesday
October 03
8:30am-
1:00pm

Grace
St. Paul's

 

 

 

Click here for the Care & Support Training on-line modules.

Click here for a printable flyer showing all 2017 Care & Support Training dates.

Contact: TIHAN's Volunteer Coordinator, 299-6647 or VolunteerCoordinator@tihan.org.

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Speakers’ & Media Training

Learn how to use your voice to make a difference! Develop public speaking skills, share your own “Living with HIV” story (or your “affected by HIV” story), learn to give an “HIV 101” presentation and get tips on responding to media interviews.

Offered: two times each year

Cost: $17 which includes a lunch, snacks, refreshments, and a manual. Scholarships are available.

Prerequisites: TIHAN Volunteer Orientation

Location:

  • TIHAN
    2660 N. 1st Ave

Duration: approximately 4 hours

2017 Schedule:

Date

Time

Location
TBD TBD TBD
     
 

 

 

Contact: TIHAN's Director of Education & Community Relations, 299-6647 or education@tihan.org.

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Language We Use

The importance of using our words wisely: communication suggestions for talking about HIV.

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HIV/AIDS Information

For the latest information about HIV and AIDS online, please check out the following sites:

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
www.thebody.com

Balm in Gilead
www.balmingilead.org

AIDSInfo
www.aidsinfo.nih.gov

National Minority AIDS Council
www.nmac.org

Association of Nutrition Services Agencies
www.aidsnutrition.org

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project
www.natap.org

National Association of People with AIDS
www.napwa.org

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
www.nnaapc.org

POZ Publications (includes Poz in Spanish)
www.poz.com

Project Inform: information, inspiration and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS for more than 20 years
www.projectinform.org

WORLD: Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (HIV and women)
www.womenhiv.org

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HIV/AIDS Statistics

The following statistics and information have been provided by the Pima County Health Department, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Health and are accurate as of February 2003 unless specifically indicated.

Worldwide:

  • Around the world, 5 million people were infected with HIV in 2001, 800,000 of them children.

  • 7,000 new infections occur every day worldwidethat’s five every minute.

  • Over 80% of all new infections are the result of heterosexual sex.

  • One in four of all new HIV infections occur in young people between the ages of 13-20.

  • 34.2 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS

  • 30 million people have died from HIV/AIDS throughout the course of the pandemic.

  • In 2010, 1.8 million people died of HIV/AIDS related causes.

  • AIDS is the #5 cause of death among all people ages 25 – 44; #1 is accidents.

In the United States:

  • 50,000 people are infected with HIV each year.

  • Someone is infected every 9.5 minutes.

  • 64% of new infections occur in the African American population.

  • One person in this country dies every 30 minutes due to complications of the HIV/AIDS virus.

  • In 2000, AIDS was the 2nd leading cause of death among Hispanic men ages 35 – 44 years, and the 4th leading cause of death among Hispanic women ages 35 – 44 years.

  • In 2000, AIDS was the #1 cause of death among black men ages 35 – 44 years, and the 4th leading cause of death among black women ages 35 – 44 years.

  • 32% of reported AIDS cases in 2000 were in the Caucasian (white) population.

  • African Americans are 14% of the US population, but account for 46% of people living with HIV (2008).

  • Hispanics represent about 13% of the U.S. population and account for 18% of all AIDS cases.

  • Latino women are over four times more likely to contract HIV than white women (2009).

In Arizona:

  • Arizona ranks 21st in states with most HIV positive people.

  • Arizona has reported 12,000 cases of HIV infection to the CDC since the pandemic began.

  • Approximately 60% of those 12,000 have died.

  • An estimated 18-20 thousand people in Arizona have HIV.

  • The CDC gave Arizona over $6,000,000 for HIV care and research in 2009.

  • The epidemic continues to predominantly affect men who have sex with men between 30-50 years old.

  • One in five men with HIV don’t know they have it.

  • AIDS cases have been reported in every county and reservation in Arizona.

  • African Americans make up 3-5% of Arizona’s population but account for 11% of HIV/AIDS cases.

Southern Arizona:

  • Approximately 24% of HIV/AIDS cases in Arizona are in Southern Arizona.

  • 87% of AIDS cases in Southern Arizona are in Pima County.

  • Pima County has reported 1,746 cases of AIDS and 1,045 HIV cases since the beginning of the epidemic.

  • Tucson ranks 73rd in major US metro areas in the number of AIDS cases.

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HIV/AIDS Glossary

The following is a list of terms common to all issues related to HIV and AIDS, as well as terms which are specific to TIHAN.

AIDS
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is a series of diseases which weaken a person’s immune system, allowing other diseases to infect the body. AIDS is caused by HIV.

CarePartner
The term used by TIHAN and other organizations used to identify someone who is HIV-positive.

CareTeam
The term used by TIHAN and other organizations used to identify the group of volunteers who are providing non-medical support and compassionate care to someone who is HIV-positive.

HIV
Human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is the virus which causes AIDS. Someone who is HIV positive (HIV+) has been infected with the virus.

Tuberculosis (TB)
A disease usually affecting the lungs. It was formerly known as consumption.


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