Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services (CLASS) has been awarded a grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation that will assist in the expansion of its outreach services. In 2012, CLASS was awarded a grant from the Central Louisiana Community Foundation for the purchase of a mobile testing unit. “This grant will provide funding for the retrofitting of our mobile testing unit that will allow CLASS to offer free on-site STD testing in addition to our current service of offering free on-site HIV testing.” stated Ann Lowrey, CLASS Executive Director. “These funds will also provide funding for the hiring of additional prevention staff and a teen/young adult coordinator for the CLASS Gay Men’s Wellness Center.”
The Elton John AIDS Foundation is one of the world’s largest grant-makers and has raised more than 300 million dollars for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS since its inception in 1992. During the current round of grant awards, CLASS was one of only six new organizations in the United States to receive a grant award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
For over 26 years, CLASS has been dedicated toward serving people with HIV/AIDS, providing prevention services and testing, and educating the community about this disease that affects people of all ages and socio-economic levels. “All of our services and programs are provided free of charge. Support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation will allow our organization to reach more people within their own neighborhoods for the offering of free HIV and STD testing, prevention and counseling services as well as establishing a welcoming environment for young LGBT people within our community,” continued Ms. Lowrey.
CLASS is conveniently located at 1785 Jackson Street in Alexandria. For more information, contact CLASS at (318) 442-1010 or visit the CLASS website at www.CLASS-Cenla.org.