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"Like most people, I knew something about AIDS and HIV, but I believed it could never happen to me. When a friend told me about the quick and confidential test offered by the African American Health Program, I decided it couldn't hurt. When the test came back positive, I was shocked. A counselor was available right then to help me. Ever since, the AAHP has continued to offer me information, referrals and support. I'm not saying it's been easy, but today I am living with confidence, with hope-and yes, with AIDS."

AAHP Events and Programs

MoCo Teen Summits

In collaboration with community partners, AAHP coordinates annual summits for teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The events provide opportunities for youth to openly discuss high-risk behaviors and their consequences, including sexually-transmitted infections. Participants are also provided information on obesity, cardiovascular health, smoking cessation, cancer, and infant mortality.

Women of Heart Support Group

This group for HIV-positive women meets once per month. It offers a comfortable and confidential environment in which women can share stories as well as receive and provide support.


When I Get Out (WIGO) Program

WIGO is a program to provide preventive health information to Montgomery County Detention Center inmates to prepare them for good health upon release. The program aims to motivate inmates to set goals and gain skills that will support healthy and safe lifestyles when they re-enter the community.  The curriculum addresses the topics of oral health, nutrition, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases. In-class demonstrations include reading food labels, food portion modeling, proper condom use, and the effective use of a toothbrush and floss.

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