Desert AIDS Project

During this past quarter, Desert AIDS Project (DAP) provided a virtual training about accessing NIH/NLM HIV/AIDS/PrEP online resources to six reference librarians of our grant partner, Palm Springs Public Library as the library remains closed during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in our region. The purpose of the training was to enable reference librarians to assist library patrons to research HIV/AIDS/PrEP information, testing services, and access to HIV prevention medication. Palm Springs Public Library also placed a link on the library’s website to online NIH/NLM HIV/AIDS and PrEP resources. Twelve virtual HIV education and HIV prevention education sessions were conducted through Zoom to 118 in-patients of substance use disorder recovery centers. Slides presented during these sessions contained links to NIH/NLM HIV/AIDS and PrEP resources. HIV/AIDS/PrEP educational material with links to NIH/NLM HIV/AIDS/PrEP information were distributed at community events , including homeless shelters at 16 businesses and in community locations targeting high-risk populations (primarily Latinx and LGBTQ). Materials contained QR codes for community members to access these online resources. Resource guides with links to NIH/NLM HIV/AIDS/PrEP information were mailed with at-home HIV testing kits to in-patients at recovery centers and to community members requesting at-home HIV testing kits.



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