Wyoming: Positives for Positives
Wyoming Positives for Positives provides information and referral services to doctors, dentists, and other health care providers as well as local businesses that are positive-friendly. We also participate in a medication redistribution program that provides HIV medications to people who cannot otherwise access these therapies. The agency's mission is threefold:
- to provide support and services for those persons critically ill with HIV disease, and;
- to provide information and education resources focusing on the prevention, detection, and effective treatment of HIV/AIDS to health care providers, persons infected and affected with HIV/AIDS and the general public.
- Ongoing education and prevention campaigns throughout the state of Wyoming, including disbursement of informational material and sponsoring of state-wide events.
Wyoming Positives for Positives was founded as a community-based HIV/AIDS service organization in May 1993 by Jeff Palmer to help address the needs of HIV-positive Wyomingites for HIV care, treatment, and prevention, as well as to educate health care providers in a predominantly rural setting. He was a true pioneer in advocating for the rights of people living with or at risk for HIV, including those who were incarcerated or who battled addictions that increased their risk. He was never afraid of a good fight when people's needs hung in the balance, and he won a great many more than he lost.
Jeff provided the direction and guiding spirit for the work of the agency from its most humble beginnings from the back of a trailer to its brick-and-mortar evolution. The agency came to provide a wide variety of services over the years, including outreach and prevention, HIV counseling and testing, a Lectures and Speakers program geared to health care provider education and a quarterly newsletter with a top circulation of over 12,000 with readers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 47 other nations.
Jeff passed away at the age of 59 on Monday, Oct. 3, 2005 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. His wife Catherine, his sister Joan and his mother Shirley were among the family members taking care of him during his last days.
In the months since Jeff's passing the Board of Directors have been working to ensure the continued operations of the organization that Jeff's passion created and sustained for so long. The new office location and the renovated web site are part of that effort. As we continue to move forward we invite and encourage the community's participation and input.
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P.O. Box 21086
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003
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