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History files
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Seattle-King County Department of Public Health: Prevention Division / HIV-AIDS Program
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Series Date(s) :
(1979)  Begin Date: 1979    End Date: 2012 
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The Seattle-King County Department of Public Health first responded to the local appearance (1982) of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) by offering two services: a telephone information service (AIDS Hotline) and limited physical evaluations through an AIDS Assessment Clinic. With development of an antibody test for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, testing and counseling were added as clinic services. In 1986, federal grant funds allowed the county's AIDS programs to be consolidated and expanded as the AIDS Prevention Project (APP; 1986-1989). Prevention work continued through the AIDS Prevention Unit (APU; 1989-1996) and, in 1996, through the HIV/AIDS Program under the department's Prevention Division. The program merged organizationally with the department's Sexually Transmitted Disease Program in 2010. The records in this series were compiled and organized by APP/APU staff members to document the history of the program, and of the department's efforts in furthering AIDS prevention. This prevention work was very often undertaken in partnership with other government agencies, the University of Washington, or a variety of local, community based groups (for example, Gay Men's Advisory Group, Gay Men's AIDS Prevention Task Force (GayMAP), HIV/AIDS Prescription Drug Program Steering Committee, MSM Task Force and the MSM HIV/STD Prevention Task Force, Northwest AIDS Foundation, People of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN), Seattle HIV/AIDS Planning Council, and Street Kids AIDS Training and Education (SKATE). Program work consisted of clinical evaluations, HIV testing and counseling; research studies and surveys; and outreach and education campaigns to AIDS risk groups, in particular men having sex with men (MSM, Seattle's principal risk group), but also to people of color, to youth, and to injection drug users. Throughout its history the HIV/AIDS Program was also involved in policy planning for AIDS response by local governments and communities. It successfully obtained, alone or with community partners, many grant awards for a variety of AIDS prevention projects; and oversaw establishment of one of the country's first hypodermic needle exchanges. These activities are reflected in the records of this series.

Record types include text records, photographic materials, ephemera and artifacts. Text records include bibliographies, budgets, chronologies and timelines, correspondence (letters and memoranda), curricular material, grant applications and reports, handbooks and manuals, health protocols, histories, newsletters), newspaper clippings (photocopied), planning documents, and reports and studies. Photographic materials consist of color and black and white prints, color slides and negatives), digital media (CD and DVD formats); prints of digital photographic images on office paper, and videotapes (VHS format). Ephemera includes brochures, buttons, calling (business) cards, pamphlets, postcards, posters, and printed adhesive stickers. Artifacts include beverage coasters, a display banner, magnets, packaged condoms, and a t-shirt. Items such as these were often distributed as part of education and outreach campaigns such as Be a Star, OutLoud: True Stories, Know Your Score, the Condom Campaign, Stella Seattle, and "Little Prick" (finger-prick HIV testing). Arrangement follows the classification given the materials by APP/APU staff: early APP text documents; APP program and subject files; Centers for Disease Control Community Demonstration Grant records (summary reports, graphics, quarterly reports); materials from trainings, presentations and workshop; collaborations with POCAAN; material relating to substance use and HIV transmission; planning efforts; MSM outreach; educational and outreach materials (ephemera and artifacts) in small, medium and large formats; videotapes; and photographs. Within each category general arrangement is chronological. RELATED SERIES: records of the medical director of the HIV/AIDS program, Dr. Bob Wood, are held by the King County Archives. Series 462, Project records 1985-1998 contains many administrative and program records relating to the APP/APU. HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Report (serial) was processed separately as Series 1770.
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