NWA HOPE: HIV Testing & Education

Established in 2010, NWA HOPE’s mission is to prevent the transmission of HIV in Northwest Arkansas through outreach and prevention education.

Our program provides free, confidential HIV testing and resources for the community of Northwest Arkansas. We strive to collaborate with regional HIV/AIDS organizations and local businesses to better provide education and testing services to individuals in need of counseling, education, and outreach.

NWA HOPE testing is open to everyone, and appointments can be made by phone or email, and appointment times are flexible and include evenings and weekends.

What To Expect
  • NWA Hope uses the OraQuick Advance testing system—an oral swab with a turnaround time of 20 minutes.
  • The testing facilitator will ask you to fill out a release, instruct you on using the swab, and ask you to complete an optional and confidential questionnaire.
  • While your test processes, the facilitator will discuss any concerns you have. The questionnaire assists the facilitator in understanding your education and health needs.
  • Once the test has processed, the facilitator provides you with your results and any follow-up information you may need or request.
Confidentiality

Per law, all personally identifying information collected during the testing session is 100% confidential. No one except the testing facilitator and the client knows the results of the test. All statistical information collected is anonymous and only used for educational instruction and program evaluation.

Program Authorization & Training Information

Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc. is not a medical facility. We are authorized to perform HIV testing through a waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United States Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA). All testing facilitators have completed the Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) training provided by the Arkansas Department of Health, and are trained in the proper handling and disposal of biohazard and medical supply waste. OraSure Technologies provides our testing facilitators with specific training in the use of the OraQuick HIV testing system.

 

Program Contact Information

Patty Johnson
Program Coordinator | NWA HOPE
Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc.

Arthur Beeghly LGBTQ Resource Center
179 N. Church Avenue, Ste. 101
Fayetteville, AR 72701

479.966.9014, Ext. 2
nwahope@nwaequality.org

 

 

OUT & ABOUT

From parties and professional networking opportunities to family friendly outings and sports programming, NWA Equality organizes a variety of activities for the LGBTQ community and their allies. Together we celebrate the strong sense of family within our community while also finding ways to appreciate local businesses and organizations that support equality. Search for upcoming events on our Community Events Calendar and let us know your ideas for future activities.

 

Program Contact Information

Kate Johnson
Program Coordinator | Out & About
Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc.

Arthur Beeghly LGBTQ Resource Center
179 N. Church Avenue, Ste. 101
Fayetteville, AR 72701

479.966.9014, Ext. 1
info@nwaequality.org

 

 

ADVOCACY & SUPPORT SERVICES

The mission of our advocacy and support services program is to advocate, celebrate, and provide LGBTQ youth and adult individuals, families, and friends with education, resources, and a safe and structured space to support and encourage one another in healing, wellness, and growth.

 

Advocacy Initiatives

NWA Equality was established to serve as the voice of Northwest Arkansas’s LGBTQ community. From national events, protests, and calls for legislative action, since 2006, we’ve made some fantastic progress in the name of equality.

In 2006, we fought to legitimize the NWA Pride Parade against a conservative and aggressive police force. Today, we provide LGBTQ sensitivity training to the Fayetteville Police Department and serve as members of the FPD Diversity Roundtable. Northwest Arkansas Pride has grown to over 10,000 participants.

In 2010 we established Northwest Arkansas’s first National Transgender Day of Remembrance events, a now annual event produced by the Transgender Equality Network.

We were fortunate enough to partner with the University of Arkansas to bring the NOH8 Campaign in 2011, which launched a fundraising effort for NWA Equality to provide GLSEN Safe Space Educational Kits to 40 school districts in Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington Counties. Cox Communications made a generous gift toward this funding effort.

Our organization led the way for the Human Rights Campaign to sponsor the 2014 Fairness Fayetteville Campaign, and when that failed at the ballot box, we charged ahead on our own helped lead the way to success in 2015’s For Fayetteville Campaign, which enacted Ordinance 5781, preventing local businesses, landlords, and employers from discriminating against LGBTQ individuals.

We’re currently working to establish better business resources, and provide employees with resume and interview skills, and work with employers to educate their staff on LGBTQ issues, and establish policies to prevent workplace discrimination of their employees and customers.

 

LGBTQ Support Groups

Peer support is founded on the principle that people who share an experience have something to offer which may not be provided by mental health professionals. Through such groups, individuals gain a sense of community and affiliation, receive resources and tools for wellness, healing, self-exploration, and have the empowering opportunity to share their own experiences and provide support to others.

All peer support group facilitators are trained by a licensed mental health professional and strive for the utmost in the safety and confidentiality of all members. New support groups in various areas of need are added as new facilitators are trained. If there is a group you’d like to see offered, let us know. Below is the list and meeting times of our current support groups:

  • Coming Out Support Group: Every fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m.
  • LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality Support Group: Every third Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
  • LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Assault: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
    • This group is facilitated by Project Arch, a program of the NWA Center for Sexual Assault.
  • Transgender & Genderqueer Support Group: Every first Sunday of the month, 4:00 p.m.
  • Trans Masculine Support Group: Every third Sunday of the month, 4:00 p.m.
  • Trans Feminine Support Group: Every third Sunday of the month, 7:00 p.m.

 

Transgender Services

Northwest Arkansas Equality partners with the Transgender Equality Network to help provide additional services and community events for our transgender and gender non-conforming community.

 

Contact Information

Dale Manning
Board Member at Large & Program Coordinator | Support Services
Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc.

Arthur Beeghly LGBTQ Resource Center
179 N. Church Avenue, Ste. 101
Fayetteville, AR 72701

479.966.9014, Ext. 1
supportservices@nwaequality.org