Protect Yourself, Protect Your Community

 

An HIV diagnosis doesn’t have to stop you from living a long and healthy life. With the proper treatment and care, you can live as long as someone who doesn’t have HIV.

 

The best way to fight HIV is to know your status. AIDS Outreach offers free rapid HIV and Syphilis testing to anyone in Gallatin, Park and Madison Counties.

 

For those who are HIV+, treatment should begin as soon as possible. We’ll help connect you with a healthcare provider, assist you in finding financial resources, and offer an emotional support system for you and your family or caregiver.

 

You don’t have to manage HIV on your own, we’re here for you.

 

To schedule a test, call 406.451.5718

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About AIDS Outreach

Mission:

Dedicated to empowering people and communities affected by HIV through testing, prevention, support and education, AIDS Outreach serves Gallatin, Park and Madison Counties, Montana.

Vision:

AIDS Outreach was founded in 2006 to:

1)   Provide critical support for people affected with HIV/AIDS

2)   Address an overall lack of awareness regarding HIV and AIDS in southwest Montana

  • We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with HIV here in southwest Montana.
  • We are also committed to reducing the transmission of HIV, along with eliminating the stigma and shame associated with the virus.
  • Annually, we hold our fundraiser the Red Ribbon Ball, held on or near December 1st, in order to coincide with the commemoration of World AIDS Day.

Services:

We offer anonymous HIV and Syphilis testing and support. If you need additional confirmatory testing for either HIV or syphilis, AIDS Outreach will make sure you get to the right place. Even if you don’t have a healthcare provider or insurance, we will make sure that you are treated with respect and correct follow-up testing is done.

Other services we provide are:

Free Condoms

HIV education

Referrals for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

AIDS Outreach also offers services to those already living with HIV, such as:

Support groups

Individual counseling

Financial assistance (e.g., food, clothing, shelter, medical treatment, etc.)

Direct outreach and support for families and caregivers

Board Members:

Bob

Bob moved to Bozeman from New York City, where he experienced many personal losses during the height of the AIDS Crisis. He worked as a caregiver in the AIDS Ward of New York’s St. Vincent Hospital and has also been involved with several LGBT organizations, such as Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS and the Yale Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA) association. As the Executive Director of AIDS Outreach, he now seeks to share his experiences and knowledge with the local community in order to educate and empower all those who are affected by HIV. Additionally, Bob is committed to serving as a mentor to young people who are struggling here in Montana to express their own queer identities.</p> <p>HIV Factoid<br /> The Human Immunodeficiency Virus has no color. Because it's smaller than a few hundred nanometers, it can't reflect visible light. ``Color`` photos of the virus are the result of photo processing and selective enhancement.

Damian

Damian Guillén has been an AIDS Outreach board member since 2017. As an advocate of the LGBTQ community, he is honored to serve on a board dedicated to empowering individuals affected by HIV and providing free testing services to our community. As a cisgender gay man, he knows all too well the importance of HIV prevention through education, testing, and community resources. Damian, a former music professor, enjoys listening and playing music, reading, and spending time with his friends and family.

Cindi

Cindi Spinelli has been on the board of AIDS Outreach since 2014. She is also one of the two Ryan White case managers for Gallatin County. Cindi is passionate about advocating for and working with people living with HIV, volunteering with HIV services organizations since she was a teenager. Her biggest dream is to one day be an ``advanced beginner`` Italian speaker.

Colette

Hi I'm Colette.I'm a graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Community Health. I started with AIDS Outreach back in 2011 when I met Greg Smith when he presented at my Human Sexuality class. Something in that talk encouraged me to learn more about HIV, AIDS and the local organization. I became the intern for the organization at that time. I later became a certified HIV tester. I am currently a tester and board member.<br /> Factoid: Many people today think that HIV has been eradicated. That misconception is our number one reason to test and educate.