AIDS Response Effort, Inc. (ARE)’s began its’ journey into community health care nearly 30 years ago when a handful of concerned members in our community came together to begin addressing the AIDS crisis in the Winchester community, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s. Their initial effort was in establishing a support group and “buddy” system for those living with HIV/AIDS.
The HIV epidemic has changed these past 30 years, and with that the needs of those living with HIV in our community has changed.We offer a variety of medical and support services for our clients today, which includes: physician visits, lab work, dental care, mental health, substance use services, wellness, support group, transportation, nutrition services, education, financial counseling, and housing assistance.
HIV testing has expanded across the community and we now combine HIV testing with Hepatitis C testing. We provide free, confidential testing and access to Hepatitis C treatment at no cost to the client as well as access to condoms and PrEP for HIV prevention at not cost to the clients.
ARE has a comprehensive housing program that includes case management, rental, utility, and mortgage assistance, as well as financial counseling and budget management. ARE is committed to addressing and ending homelessness in the Lord Fairfax Health District (the counties of Frederick, Warren, Clarke, Page, Shenandoah, and Winchester City).