The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod saves lives through prevention, education, and life-sustaining services that address public health crises to build healthy communities across the Cape and Islands.
Our roots are in Provincetown, when in the early 1980’s community members joined together to respond to the AIDS epidemic. Once HIV became a chronic illness in the late 1990s, the agency transitioned to help clients live longer and healthier lives. Currently, we serve 430 HIV positive clients from the Cape and Islands with offices in Provincetown, Hyannis, Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard.
There is another public health crisis where our staff’s expertise and skill set is needed. On Cape Cod opioid deaths now represent the fastest growing cause of death in Massachusetts since the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s. Throughout the opioid epidemic, ASGCC has played a key role fighting to save lives.
You may ask, why is an AIDS organization fighting a drug epidemic? The answer lies in our mission to prevent the transmission of HIV. Through community outreach, testing and prevention services, ASGCC connects with injection drug users to ensure they receive the help needed to avoid a diagnosis of HIV. We also provide Narcan training throughout the Cape and Islands to prevent opioid overdose deaths. ASGCC has trained over 2500 community members in Narcan administration, and is responsible for saving 700 lives.]
ASGCC is committed to making a difference in the lives of our clients who are either HIV positive or fighting opioid addiction