Prevention Programs target populations at increased risk of HIV infection or transmission by offering specially-designed interventions that provide a supportive, educational environment in which harm reduction can be effective.
Some of SAAF’s targeted populations include: youth, men who have sex with men (MSM), lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, women, jail/prison re-entry men, and communities of color.
HIV, sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, and hepatitis prevention strategies include individual risk-reduction counseling, health education and empowerment workshops, risk-reduction support groups, peer education training, social activities, drop-in lounge, referrals, and distribution of free condoms and safer-sex materials.
Prevention Programs for Adults
Alternatives provides information, education and referrals on HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections to adult men and women who are current or former drug users. The program offers Rapid HIV and Hepatitis Testing, Confirmatory Testing, Risk Reduction Counseling, & Referrals for Disease Care, Substance Use Treatment, & Basic Needs. Services are free and confidential.
Syringe Access Program (SAP): The exchange is 1 for 1. New participants can receive up to 10 syringes when they register, even if you don’t bring in any. You can exchange up to 50 syringes per visit. We also offer alcohol wipes, cookers, cottons, tourniquets, waters, bleach, split kits, wound care kits, & hygiene kits.
SAP days/hours at SAAF are:
Monday & Thursday 4:00-7:00pm
We closed at 7:00pm- please arrive by 6:45pm to ensure you get served.
Life Point, run through the Pima County Health Department, also offers syringe access services. Click the link below for more information.
Promoting a greater awareness of men’s health issues and building a stronger more supportive community.
The MSHAPE Lounge features Wi-Fi, a lending library (DVDs and Books), game nights, movie nights, men’s health discussions, community events, volunteering, condoms, lube, safer sex information and more. The Lounge is open from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday.
MSHAPE is for gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, curious or questioning men in Tucson that would like to get involved in a personal empowerment group that attends community events and coordinates their own social events.
For more information, visit our Facebook page.
MSHAPE Monthly Activity Calendar
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STEPP (Steps Towards Effective Positive Prevention) is a program designed to assist HIV positive individuals to improve their quality of life and health outcomes. STEPP holds Healthy Relationships groups that help individuals increase their communication, awareness, problem-solving, & decision-making skills. Healthy Relationships groups are participant driven, interactive, and use group discussions, movie clips, and role-plays. Food is served at every Healthy Relationships group meeting and particpants receive $40 in gift cards for completing the group.
If you are interested in this program, please contact Berna Villanueva at (520) 547-6155 or Michael Lopez at (520) 547-6109.
Prevention Programs for Youth
OneLife is a collaborative project of CODAC, SAAF, and UA CON. The project is based out of CODAC Living Out Loud Health and Wellness Center (3130 E Broadway Blvd.) OneLife uses a harm reduction model and connects LGBTQI and allied individuals to health education, therapy, peer and recovery support, social groups, testing, & medical care.
A Nurse Practitioner from UA CON and Medical Assistants from CODAC provide Hepatitis A/B vaccinations. Health Education Specialists from SAAF provide HIV and Hepatitis B & C rapid and confirmatory testing, risk reduction counseling, and linkages to care and treatment. SAAF staff also provide POL, a program designed to train and enlist the help of key LGBTQI opinion leaders to help change risk sexual norms and behaviors in their community and SHIELD supports former and current substance users and people who hang out with substance users, to educate their peers on substance use risk reduction. You receive $25 for completing POL or SHIELD plus snacks at each group meeting!
You do not need to be a member of CODAC to receive testing or to participate in POL or SHIELD. Testing services, POL, & SHIELD are provided completely free of charge.
The OneLife Project is supported by grant number TI025773, awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
For more information, please contact:
Living Out Loud Health and Wellness Center at (520) 202-1840
Katie Kilby at (520) 202-1840 x 3730
Austin Puca at (520) 202-1840 x 3721
The HYPE (HIV Youth Peer Education) program is designed to support youth ages 13 – 24 in increasing their life skills and self-efficacy. Youth engage in interactive discussions, debates, and facilitated lessons through which they gain knowledge about HIV/ AIDS and STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Youth learn how to utilize protective factors to reduce harm around risk taking behaviors as well as they work on developing communication skills in order to talk to their peers about HIV/AIDS. Youth participants engage in experiential learning activities including role-plays, games, and mazes. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in one off-site activity during which they work on team building through trust exercises as well as partnered and large group exercises.
For more information on HYPE, please contact T Loving at 520.628.7223 or via email at email@example.com.
The Voz program provides prevention and education services for youth ages 13-21 within charter school systems and youth centers in Tucson. Voz is designed to support youth in building life skills and self-efficacy through refusal and harm reduction skills. The Voz curriculum addresses risky behaviors such as substance use/ abuse and promotes protective factors such as communication, community, and cultural pride. Voz provides comprehensive sexual health information and resources as well as suicide prevention skills and resources.
For more information on Voz, please contact T Loving at 520.628.7223 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project ALLY (Arizona’s Life Links for Youth) is a program focused on reducing the rate of attempted and completed suicides among Arizona’s youth, mainly focusing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, 14 to 24 years of age in Pima and surrounding counties. ALLY is a collaborative project between SAAF and Wingspan. Project ALLY is comprised of two components, Youth Leadership Development and Gatekeeper Training. Youth Leadership Development is taught using the Sources of Strength curriculum and additional activities and exercises. Gatekeeper training is available to any community member 18 and older and is taught using the QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) model of suicide prevention.
For more information on ALLY, please contact T Loving at 520.628.7223 or via email at email@example.com.
Reaching Adolescents Prevention Project (RAPP)
is a prevention and education program for at-risk minority youth, ages 13 – 21. Using the Say It Straight (SIS) curriculum in conjunction with family support services, RAPP aims to increase protection against substance abuse and HIV transmission. The SIS curriculum focuses on recognizing disempowering behaviors and replacing them with empowering behaviors and communication techniques. By learning about these communication behaviors, participants learn how to say no to risky behaviors.
The Eon Youth Center is a youth-driven program that works to strengthen Tucson’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersexed, and straight-ally youth communities by creating social opportunities, providing information and support on health issues, advocating for youth rights, and challenging society’s perceptions of youth as they face institutionalized oppressions that target the many facets of their identities. Eon provides a safe drop-in space for these youth, ages 13-23, and conducts outreach and education throughout the community.
Eon is a collaborative program of SAAF and Wingspan. For more information about Eon, click here.
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