Join HIV and AIDS work volunteers

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HIV and AIDS work volunteers share information about health-related issues at schools and festivals, for instance. In addition, they work for the Red Cross helpline. If you are interested in health and willing to help others, we warmly welcome you to an HIV and AIDS work volunteer course.

1. Volunteering at the helpline

At the helpline, HIV and AIDS work volunteers provide callers with support and advice.

Anyone who thinks he/she might have been infected and needs help can call the helpline. The lines are open Monday to Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

People working at the helpline are volunteers that are trained for the task on a course organised by the Red Cross.

A volunteer can also become a personal support person, if he/she so desires. Support persons help those who fear they might have been infected, those living with the disease or the families of these persons. By calling the helpline, one can also get a personal support person. A special training will be provided for support persons.

2. Volunteering at school and festival visits

An HIV and AIDS volunteer can distribute information at schools and festivals. The Red Cross volunteers visit various events and schools, and share information on sexual health. At summer festivals, the volunteers distribute “Summer Rubber” condoms and discuss safe sex with festival goers.

3. Volunteering at a Pluspoint

The Red Cross maintains four HIV and AIDS work support points, or Pluspoints, in Finland. At Pluspoints one can get HIV tested without appointment and discuss issues related to safe sex and infections. In addition, Pluspoints appoint personal support persons to those who want one.

The Pluspoint personnel consist of volunteers trained by the Red Cross. Unlike other HIV and AIDS work volunteers, they are required to have some health care training in order to be able to take blood samples.

How can I join in HIV and AIDS work?

If you became interested in HIV and AIDS work, contact the nearest Red Cross district office. The district office will tell you the date and place of the next training that is suitable for you.