Prevention Programs

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


The Alternatives program 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, as well as men and women with histories of substance use and incarceration. The program offers Rapid HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral, a Peer Education Workshop series as well as Prevention Counseling, Wellness Referrals & Case Management.  Services are free and confidential and are available to HIV negative & positive individuals.

Syringe Access Program (SAP): One aspect of Alternatives is the Syringe Access Program. The exchange is 1 for 1 with each new participant receiving 10 free syringes when signing up.

Syringe Access days/hours at SAAF are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday 4:00-7:00pm

Life Point, run through the Pima County Health Department, also offers syringe access services. Click the link below for more information.

Life Point Schedule 2015


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

MSHAPE Calendar-May 2015

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STEPP LOGO Final Black


STEPP (Steps Towards Effective Positive Prevention) is a program designed to assist individuals in decreasing high-risk behaviors that could lead to transmitting or contracting HIV.  STEPP provides ongoing assistance to individuals who are ready to make changes in their behavior and provides resources to clients in an effort to improve quality of life and health outcomes.This client-centered intervention provides:

  • Intensive, ongoing, individual level sessions
  • Comprehensive risk counseling and services to persons who are having difficulty initiating or sustaining practices that reduce the risk of and/or prevent HIV transmission or infection
  • Service coordination and Referrals

If you are interested in this program please contact one of our Prevention Specialists at SAAF at (520) 628-SAAF (7223).

Prevention Programs for Youth

LifePLUS Black StickerLife Plus Project

Life Plus Project is a social marketing campaign, primarily on Facebook, targeting youth which promotes HIV Testing, addresses stigma, and myths of HIV & HIV co-factors.

Find us on Facebook!


A collaborative project based out of the University of Arizona. The program centers around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, & questioning youth addressing issues of substance use, homelessness, mental health, HIV & sexually transmitted infection prevention.


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


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


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

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.

Eon Monthly Activity Calendar

EON Calendar March 2015

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Step Forward

A collaborative project based out of CODAC. Step Forward addresses substance abuse prevention & treatment as well as HIV prevention.

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