Help others – Help yourself
Objective: The purpose of the Social Networking Strategy is to identify and test individuals who are at high risk for infection and do not know their HIV status. Participants in the program refer individuals to receive testing and related services through Volunteers of America Mid-States.
Target Population: We are looking for individuals who are able recruit members of a specific population that is particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. Primarily: men between the ages of 19 and 29 who have sex with other men or have had sex with another man at least once in the previous year; or individuals who regularly attend clubs, sex parties, and/or use or share injecting drugs or equipment.
Expectations for Recruiters: Recruiters will work with Volunteers of America Mid-States HIV staff to refer individuals to Volunteers of America's HIV testing services. Prior to and during participation in the program, recruiters are coached by Volunteers of America staff on best practices for referring individuals, which includes tips and strategies on how to handle stigma, stereotypes, and rejection.
Financial compensation will be provided to individuals who participate and help link others to testing as an incentive for participation in the program.