Comprehensive Care Center’s community awareness strategies are client centered and designed to meet the needs of a variety of audiences and community settings. Competent and culturally appropriate educators are available to facilitate sessions ranging from one hour to four hours. A four-hour course is held on the last Friday of every month in the Education Center at Comprehensive Care Center in Sarasota and is open to the public. Sessions can also be scheduled throughout the county on request.
Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Speakers’ Bureau
A highly committed and diverse group of people living with HIV who seek to educate the wider community on the issues of living with HIV/AIDS.
Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls is a two-hour HIV/AIDS educational presentation that covers a wide range of topics, which include, but are not limited to:
- Disease Spectrum
- Disease Epidemiology
- Modes of Transmission
- Cost and side effects of treating HIV
- HIV laws
- First-hand experience discussion with a person living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
The presentation is for both men and women, hence the name “Guys and Dolls”, and is presented in both Spanish and English.
Participants can also test for HIV at the completion of the Guys and Dolls class free of charge. The testing method used is Rapid HIV testing with results in 15 minutes.
HIV Basics, 104 and updates
HIV Basic is information about HIV/AIDS, including information on the life cycle of the HIV virus, its origins, symptoms, and testing. These are one, two or four hour course to meet licensure requirements for nurses, massage therapists, cosmetologists, and other health care and human service professionals. These classes are offered the last Friday of every month (except November and December).
Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education & Safer Sex (VOICES/VOCES): A group-level, single-session video-based intervention designed to increase condom use among heterosexual African American and Latino men and women.
Group-level, gender- and culturally- relevant intervention, is designed to increase condom use with African American women. Five peer-led group sessions are conducted that focus on ethnic and gender pride, HIV knowledge, and skills training around sexual risk reduction behaviors and decision making.
Health Care Professionals
If you require HIV education to meet employment or professional licensing requirements, Community Care Center is certified by the Florida Board of Nursing to issue contact hours for HIV/AIDS education.