Agency History

NO/AIDS Task Force is the oldest HIV/AIDS service organization in the Gulf South and was founded in 1983 in response to the early devastating effects of the AIDS epidemic in the New Orleans area. The program expanded by offering an AIDS Information Center and Hotline in 1985. In the following years, the agency expanded its services, responding to the various communities impacted by the epidemic as it continued to affect diverse populations. Case management and mental health services were added in 1990. A meal delivery program was added in 1992 and a community mobilization project with offices in the French Quarter/Marigny was added in 2000. Services were expanded to the Houma/Thibodeaux area in 2001.

Today, the agency offers a continuum of services, including prevention education (street and community outreach, venue-based outreach, condom distribution and community mobilization targeting men who have sex with men), HIV antibody testing and counseling, the statewide HIV/AIDS hotline, case management, case finding, housing coordination, early intervention/primary medical care, mental health, support groups, home delivered meals, food bank, peer support services, housing case management, and medication disbursement.

NO/AIDS Task Force serves all individuals, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or identity, race, ethnicity, religion, education, or socioeconomic status. The clients served by the agency over the past 30 years years have been those individuals and communities most impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This has included men who have sex with men, women, commercial sex workers, African Americans, Latino/as, and injecting drug users. Additionally, the agency offers its services in rural areas.

NO/AIDS Task Force has been delivering HIV/AIDS services since its inception in 1983. The services offered (followed by the year of initiation in parentheses) include:

  • telephone hotline (1983)
  • community outreach (1983)
  • condom distribution (1985)
  • HIV antibody testing and counseling (1985)
  • buddy /companion program (1985)
  • case management (1990)
  • substance abuse and mental health counseling (1990)
  • support groups (1990)
  • early intervention services (TB, Hepatitis B, flu shots, etc.) (1991)
  • home delivered meals (1992)
  • benefits assistance program (1992)
  • street outreach (1994)
  • changing high risk environments (1994)
  • food bank (1997)
  • treatment education/adherence counseling (1998)
  • primary medical care (1999)
  • housing coordination (1999)
  • peer support program (1999)
  • case finding (2000)
  • community mobilization project targeting men who have sex with men (2000)
  • liaison nurse home visits (2001)
  • housing case management (2001)
  • medication disbursement (2001)
  • office in Houma/Thibodeaux area (2001)
  • training for allied health care professionals (2002)
  • exchange house – transitional residential facility in Houma, LA (2003)
  • community awareness network (CAN) office opened (2003)
  • CDC funded internet chat interventions (2004)
  • Avita drugs opened onsite pharmacy (2004)
  • housing case management program (2005)
  • CareVan implemented for mobile medical care and mobile counseling and testing [a gift from Elizabeth Taylor] (2006)
  • national HIV behavioral surveillance site (2006)
  • AIDSLaw of Louisiana co-located with the Task Force (2006)
  • Primary Medical Care program expanded with full-time physician and expanded clinic hours (2007)
  • consumer advisory counsel (2007)
  • medical nutrition therapy (2008)
  • peer suite [computer lab and exercise room] (2008)
  • medical transportation (2008)
  • permanent supportive housing program (2009)
  • SAMHSA intensive outpatient substance abuse therapy program (2009)
  • CHAT program [Curbing HIV/AIDS Transmission] (2009)
  • primary medical care early intervention services (2009)
  • Shanti L.I.F.E. [Learning Immune Function Enhancement) (2010)
  • case management program with Orleans Criminal Sheriff’s Office (2010)
  • The Movement office opened [services for young black MSM] (2012)
  • AIDSLaw of Louisiana merged with NO/AIDS Task Force [legal services in New Orleans and Baton Rouge] (2012)
  • Food For Friends kitchen opened at First Unitarian Universalist Church (2013)
  • counseling and testing program in the Orleans Municipal Court (2013)
  • New Orleans Syringe Access Program moves to NO/AIDS Task Force (2013)
  • FACES [Family Advocacy, Care, and Education Services] program joined NO/AIDS Task Force (2013)
  • Family Care Services Center opened providing primary medical care to anyone (2014)

 

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