Project S.A.F.E. (Sensible Action For Empowerment) believes that everyone should know their HIV status. Project S.A.F.E. began as a multi-site HIV prevention research initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2004 and maintained through grants, collaborations and university support. Project S.A.F.E. provides free Rapid HIV Testing to faculty, staff, students, and the community. In addition, prevention and risk reduction, general HIV knowledge and PreP information sessions are also provided free of charge. In 2011 Project S.A.F.E. began a Peer Health Program which includes peer led (primarily undergraduates) HIV prevention and education activities. Project S.A.F.E. is one of two program initiatives run by the Community Health Program (housed in the Department of Psychology).
Project S.A.F.E sponsor HIV awareness activities through our “Meet and Greet”, Valentine’s day, annual “Party on da Plaza”, “World Aids day”, and “Don’t Get Tricked by your Treat” events. We have collaborated with campus organizations, such as, the Interdisciplinary Alcohol/Drug Studies Center, and Omega Psi Phi fraternity and Spectrum during their special events to promote our project activities.
The primary testing center is located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts building near the elevators. While the Liberal Arts Building serves as the base, Project S.A.F.E. is mobile and frequently moves the testing location to other parts of campus and the community.
HIV testing is performed by professional, qualified staff trained to conduct HIV testing and pre and post- test counseling by the Mississippi State Department of Health. For more information, call: 601.979.1551 or come by the testing center. No appointments required.