Remodel STL St Louis Construction is proud to announce their support of the St Louis Effort For Aids. Support of this fantastic charity will impact the Saint Louis area and globally elevating the city further towards strong positive change and setting an example to fellow business' and citizens. Please take a moment to learn about the St Louis Effort For Aids and how to help.
EFA offers a wide variety of services for individuals infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. Client Services Case Management links clients to primary medical care, medications, and other essential services. Testing Free, confidential HIV and STD testing by appointment. EFA's Mobile Testing Unit can be scheduled for health fairs or agency visits based on availability. Support / Social Groups EFA offers several support and social groups for people infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) PAWS provides basic veterinary support and pet food so that clients that are HIV+ can keep and care for their pets. Volunteer Services EFA offers many opportunities for individuals interested in volunteering. AIDS was discovered in 1981. It was first thought to be a rare cancer found only in gay men. No one, not even the medical community, knew what this new disease was capable of doing. Infected individuals started dying shortly after their diagnosis. Many gay men were on high alert. People knew very little about the virus, and a silent fear lurked about the country. That all changed on July 25, 1985, when film legend, Rock Hudson, made a public announcement that he was dying from AIDS. Suddenly, HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and AIDS were thrust into the worldwide spotlight. In the early 1980's, scientists began developing medication for infected patients. Still, people were dying, as the effects of the medicines had not been proven. Soon, an AIDS epidemic swept the nation. All across the country, concerned activists were pooling their resources to provide support to community members, regardless of their health status. Any message about preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS was initialized early on from a grassroots level since not enough was known about the illness for President Reagan to address the nation at the time. Since that time, nearly thirty years after HIV was first discovered, millions of people worldwide have been infected by the disease. It is not a "gay disease". Anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, race, sex, age, or ethnicity can be impacted by HIV. Although advancements in technology have developed medicines necessary for people living with HIV/AIDS to live longer, productive lives, there is still no cure. Organizations like EFA exist for the purpose of educating and supporting our community in the face of this very real disease.