Who we Are
“To provide a safe and welcoming place to go to for HIV and AIDS education, testing or support in Idaho”.
On September 1st, 2003 Duane Quintana opened a.l.p.h.a. In a tiny space above the Flying M Coffeehouse in Boise. A.l.p.h.a.’s mission was to provide a comfortable referral center for HIV testing and counseling, STD/STI screening, support groups, workshops, and training services.
Over the next decade a.l.p.h.a. opened its first satellite office in Twin Falls, Idaho, quickly becoming the leading provider in HIV testing and information in the Magic Valley, and expanded into other areas of support. A.l.p.h.a started a housing assistance program for HIV positive individuals, and continues to maintain the Choice Food Pantry for HIV positive individuals and their families. A.l.p.h.a. has also developed an educational outreach program approved by the Idaho Department of Education, and has encouraged and helped thousands of people in Idaho, “Know their Status”.
Through the tireless work of a.l.p.h.a. employees and volunteers, as well as the generous support of its donors, a.l.p.h.a. has become one of the leading providers of HIV testing in the State of Idaho and continues to support individuals with HIV throughout the state.
Head over to our donate or volunteer pages, to see how you can get involved in helping support a.l.p.h.a.’s efforts throughout the state.
Duane Quintana began life much like any other teenager. At the age of 18, he packed up and left Wendell, Idaho for the big city. At age 19, Duane was infected with HIV. After testing positive in 1999, he returned to small-town Idaho, unsure of his future, living in a community of awkward glances. Duane decided that he needed to do something to make a difference, and made a documentary about his HIV story, “I’m Just Me, Just Like You.”
Soonafter, Duane moved to Boise, Idaho. He continued to think about what was missing in the community; what education could have helped him from contracting HIV? How could the community better support those living with HIV and aids? Over dinner with a friend, a.l.p.h.a. was conceptualized on several napkins- an organization bridging the gaps between agencies providing Education, Testing, and Support in an effort to prevent the transmission of HIV and AIDS.
a.l.p.h.a. is always looking for help!
If you’d like to volunteer, please call us, or use the contact form!
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