YWCA RISE: (Reaching, Impacting, Strengthening & Empowering Women in the Fight Against HIV) is designed to reduce deaths due to HIV/AIDS among high-risk populations. YWCA RISE educates citizens on appropriate lifestyle choices and sexual responsibility through community outreach, provides free HIV testing, saves lives through prevention and early detection, provides free supplies, and provides free pre-and post-test counseling to everyone we test. YWCA RISE, which began in 2005 with funding from the state of Louisiana Office of Public Health and the Pennington Family Foundation, aligns with our mission because most new HIV/AIDS cases are African-American women. Women are empowered through education and referrals to services including free HIV testing, STD testing, Women’s health services, teen and family services, etc. >>Read More