Hard Questions

Photo by Cricket Barrazotto

Photo by Cricket Barrazotto

How can I begin volunteering with HopeSprings?

In order to volunteer regularly with HopeSprings, you must be equipped by taking the Journey . A list of events and service opportunities are available. There are certain events throughout the year, like City Uprising, where we do not require trained volunteers.

How can my church get involved?

Click here to find out!

As a faith-based organization, do you promote condoms?

Yes. Condoms are a legitimate means of preventing HIV transmission for those already engaging in hi-risk sex; defined as sex outside of marriage and monogamy, sex with multiple partners, sex with partners of the same gender, sex with partners engaged in illegal substance use and abuse. For those participating in these behaviors condom use will be encouraged. Condoms will not be promoted as a safe way to begin those practices outlined above.

Are there certain symptoms and conditions associated with HIV/AIDS?

People can go for months or years without experiencing symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS. Some will experience symptoms and conditions which may include: fever, weight loss, swollen lymph glands in the neck, under arms or groin, white patches in the mouth (thrush), certain cancers (Kaposi’s sarcoma, certain lymphomas, certain invasive cervical cancers), and infections (Pneumocystis pneumonia, certain types of meningitis, toxoplasmosis, certain blood infections, TB, etc.).

What do I do if I find out I am HIV positive?

Don’t panic. You can live a long, healthy life with HIV. Treatment, including health care, medication and support services, are available.  Support groups are available. Please contact us for a list of supportive services in the Baltimore region at info@hopesprings.org. All calls and inquiries are completely confidential.

Where can I get tested?

Through our partner, JACQUES Initiative’s Project Shalem, testing is offered at sustainable, safe sites throughout the city of Baltimore. Testing through Project SHALEM engages the faith-based community. Click here for the locations.

To find additional testing locations throughout Baltimore and the United States, enter your zip code information below:

Prevention & Service

Enter your location, such as: “Washington, DC”, or “20002”.

For more information on this widget, please visit AIDS.gov.

Please contact contact@aids.gov with any comments or concerns.