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. Opens its Doors
Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS opened their doors on September 1st, 2003, located in a tiny space above the Flying M Coffeehouse in downtown Boise. a.l.p.h.a. became a comfortable referral center for HIV testing and Counseling, STD/STI screening, support groups, workships, and training. a.l.p.h.a. developed an educational outreach program approved by the Idaho Department of Education, and has helped thousands of people in Idaho "Know their Status."
a.l.p.h.a. has expanded several times since 2003, moving into larger spaces, participating in more outreach programs and festivals, and helped bring awareness of HIV and AIDS to Southern Idaho. In late 2009, a.l.p.h.a. opened it's first satellite office in Twin Falls, Idaho. a.l.p.h.a. Since then, a.l.p.h.a. has become the leading provider of HIV testing and information in the Magic Valley.
Today, a.l.p.h.a. is the largest HIV testing clinic in the State of Idaho. a.l.p.h.a. continues on it's mission of HIV prevention and awareness and continues to grow. a.l.p.h.a. has recently opened a high-end thrift store, Exposure: a.l.p.h.a. Interchange in Downtown, Boise from which all proceeds benefit a.l.p.h.a. Also, nutrition and healthy living classes will be taught in the a.l.p.h.a's Boise office, and the Idaho Foodbank has created a food pantry at a.l.p.h.a.
a.l.p.h.a. is always looking for help! If you'd like to volunteer, please call us, or use the contact form!