WESTERN COLORADO AIDS PROJECT
Grand Junction, CO
WestCAP began in 1985 as a grassroots response to people dying from AIDS on the Western Slope. The primary goal was to help those with AIDS live the rest of their lives with dignity and quality.
In 2014 WestCAP served over 250 clients; 50 of which were new cases. Over 4,000 individuals on the Western Slope are reached annually with outreach, education and free rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing.
TAB funds are critically needed as they aren’t restricted like federal/state funds and meet the organization’s ever changing needs in ways that best enable clients to be as healthy and independent as possible.
In the last year:
- WestCAP served a total of 249 HIV+ clients
- WestCAP case managers provided resources for more than 300 HIV+ people with more than 3,000 contacts.
- There are now 3 HIV Specialty Care clinics available in Western Colorado (Grand Junction, Durango, Glenwood Springs).
- WestCAP provided utility payments, transportation, dental assistance, and food to clients.
- Over 800 area youth were provided with education on HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and protecting their sexual health.
- Over 100 individuals with a history of substance use/addiction were enrolled in the legal syringe exchange program and given information on HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) and were referred to on-site HIV and HCV screenings conducted by WestCAP staff.
- Over 300 HIV and 200 HCV free rapid tests were provided by WestCAP staff in both outreach settings and the WestCAP office.
- Over 200 gay/bisexual men were served through WestCAP’s MPower program, which emphasizes peer-based community building as a method of HIV prevention, and also offers HIV education, testing and social outreach events.
- 100% of case management clients who received medications from the Colorado AIDS Drugs Assistance Program (ADAP) were enrolled into Medicaid.
- Other services included bus passes, health education/risk reduction, motel and hotel stays, co-pays for medical, medications, nutrition, optical, phone and mental health services.
- WestCAP continued funding in a joint effort with the University of Colorado AIDS Education Training Center and the St. Mary’s HIV Specialty Care Clinic to bring rapid HIV testing to over 20 clinics, emergency rooms, health departments and providers on the Western Slope; providing over 2,000 additional rapid HIV tests in medical settings.