Recent community-based health studies throughout the country suggest that homeless people are the anonymous faces of the HIV epidemic. The marginalization of HIV positive homeless people has created one of the most persistent barriers to treatment
education and delivery. COPE (Counseling,
Outreach, Prevention and Education) is an outreach program that provides vital information and prevention strategies to individuals who are Substance Abusers, IDUs, Sex Workers, MSMs, etc. in an effort to help expose the dangers of these high-risk behavior patterns and help to effect behavior changes and safer lives.
“It’s no secret that HIV in the U.S. is increasingly becoming a disease of poor and traditionally marginalized urban communities,” stated a program worker. “The rate of infection is disproportionately impacting homeless people, injection drug users, and people of color. We want to reduce the spread of HIV and eventually eradicate AIDS.”