Compass’ origins started in 1988 when awarded a Center for Disease Control (CDC) four-year grant to provide HIV testing and education as the Stop AIDS Project of South Florida. After successfully completing the grant, we officially became Compass, the gay and lesbian community center of the Palm Beaches. For almost 25 years, Compass has provided a safe space for HIV testing services to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
Understanding education and awareness is the foundation of successful HIV prevention. Compass dedicates community outreach in many areas of Palm Beach County and has provided free HIV testing in Florida Atlantic University Jupiter & Boca Campus, Total Recovery Now Rehabilitation, Palm Beach State College, CARP, and Mount Calvary Baptist Church, among others. Through our efforts and dedication, we educate more than 15,000 people annually, displaying passion and integrity to everyone who utilizes our testing services.
In addition to outreach, Compass provides confidential and rapid HIV testing and counseling. In collaboration with the Palm Beach County Health Department, we also provide monthly Hepatitis A & B vaccinations and syphilis testing as well as yearly flu shots at our community center.
Most of our services are provided by professionally trained volunteers. Volunteer testers offer confidential testing services at Compass 3 times a week, take part in testing events such as PRIDEFEST, and offer services at other testing locations within Palm Beach County. With our testing sites continuing to grow, we are always looking for key individuals who have a desire to give back and to provide community services in the field of HIV.
If you are passionate and committed about HIV prevention, testing and education, and want to become HIV/AIDS state certified, please fill the volunteer form in this link.