Gerald’s House Initiative
Gerald’s House, formerly AESM House, opened its doors in 1994 with the objective being to provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for men living with HIV/AIDS who were homeless or marginally housed until they were able to locate and be placed into permanent, affordable, and appropriate housing. Residents of Gerald’s House will receive counseling, case management services, nutritional counseling, peer support, and assistance in locating and placement into permanent housing. Since 1994, more than 200 men have resided at Gerald’s House and are now receiving services from Gerald’s House.
If you have any additional questions about the program, contact Housing Specialist at 404-691-8880.
The goal of NAESM’s non-medical case management services is to enhance access to and retention in medical care for eligible people living with HIV/AIDS through a range of client centered services. The purpose is to support engagement and retention into medical care. This approach emphasizes community linkages to biopsychosocial supports for reducing real or perceived barriers to medical care.
Here at NAESM we provide both mental health and substance abuse counseling to support and assist clients classified as high risk (individuals with advanced psychological treatment needs that are beyond the scope of care of M-Group and CRCS counseling). We now have a crisis phone that residents (Gerald’s House) and clients may call after hours in case of an emergency: 404-670-4020.
NAESM provides free confidential HIV counseling & testing services, including linkage to primary medical care for persons who test HIV positive. Our counselors are able to provide emotional support for both negative and positive clients, help in identifying high risk behaviors, and develop a risk reduction plan to reduce the chances of getting infected.
Everyone obtaining an HIV test will receive their results during the same visit. There is no need to return days later for your preliminary results. NAESM uses the non-invasive Clearview HIV 1/2 Complete rapid testing device. This means that your test will process in 15 minutes and results can be given the same day! This device can detect HIV with a 99.7% accuracy rate.
So what can you expect if you decide to take the responsible step to obtain an HIV test at NAESM?
When you arrive, you will be asked to sign in, then read our informed consent policy and complete some basic information about yourself. A counselor will then meet with you and ask you some questions to identify any risks you might have related to HIV, and will discuss any ways you might wish to decrease those risks. After this brief pre-counseling session, you will be administered the OraQuick oral swab, which is a small stick about the size of a Q-tip that you will swab around on your gums, then that gets placed into a solution to process for 20 minutes. Once the test has finished processing, the counselor will call you back into the confidential office and give you your test results.
If your test result is non-reactive (negative), you will be given an opportunity to ask any questions before you leave, and will be given a safer sex kit to take home with you should you desire one. A copy of your results will also be provided.
NAESM is proud to be able to offer free confidential HIV testing, and follows HIPAA requirements regarding the protection of medical information. With confidential testing, personal information as well as demographic information is required (name, mailing address, telephone number, etc). All information given will be kept strictly confidential. All clients are assigned a unique client ID, and that discreet ID is used on charting as well as used for repeat visits. All records are kept double locked, in a locked file cabinet in a locked room at all times. Demographic information is used for funding and tracking purposes, but your name, address and other personal information is not reported to the CDC or any other funder. NAESM has a very strict confidentiality policy to which all staff are required to adhere.
NAESM provides sexually transmitted infection/disease (STI/STD) screenings for Syphillis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. Free screenings for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are provided at the NAESM Monday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 9am to 3pm. This screening (gonorrhea and chlamydia) requires only a small urine sample for testing.
Screening for Syphillis is provided at Community Advanced Practice Nurses, located at 173 Boulevard, NE Atlanta, Ga 30312 Monday and Thursday from 2pm to 6pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 1pm. In order to receive a discounted rate for treatment with CAPN, clients must obtain a referral from NAESM.
A valid ID is required to undergo STI/STD screening. This is required to ensure that the name on the result slip matches your legal ID in case the result is positive. You will need to provide a copy of the lab result and your ID to receive treatment, whether at the health department or even at your own primary care physician's office.
Furthermore, if you have what you believe to be active symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, please go to your physician or to the health department immediately for testing and treatment. Doctor's offices and the health departments can test and treat you same day. At NAESM, we send all samples to a local laboratory for processing which yields a turnaround time of about 7 to 10 business days, and you should not go that long with active symptoms. If you are not sure if your symptoms are STI/STD related, one of our prevention specialists will gladly answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to give us a call.
For more information or questions about STI/STD screening, please contact us at (404) 691-8880.