If I think I have been exposed, the best thing to do is:

HIV testing is the key to slowing the HIV epidemic. Knowing your HIV status could be one of the most important things you do. Diagnosing HIV early in the disease course improves your prognosis. There are other reasons why HIV testing is beneficial. Here are the top five.

1. Early intervention means a healthier life

The key to living a healthy life with HIV is being diagnosed early. Getting into the care of an HIV specialist is an essential part of staying healthy. Get tested and if you are positive, find an HIV specialist through an AIDS Service Organization like SAAF. For additional information, click here.

2. Knowing your status protects you both

Knowing your status allows you to protect your partner as well as yourself. Even if you are both positive, safer sex techniques, including use of latex condoms, dental dams, and water-based lubricants and never sharing needles are a must.

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3. Knowing your status allows you to make informed decisions

Knowing your status allows you to make informed decisions regarding your future and your life. Women living with HIV can have the family they always wanted. Knowing you are HIV positive allows you to take steps to protect your unborn baby.

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4. Now you can ask the right questions

Knowing your body is an important part of living a healthy life. Get tested for HIV and if you are positive SAAF can help.

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5. Know your status…get the most of your doctor visits

When you’re not feeling well, your doctor will be better able to treat you if she has all the facts. If she knows your status, she can address the special needs your HIV demands

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News and Events

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    The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) has been awarded funding from the locally-based Stonewall Foundation to support the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th- A SAAF Place for Youth. This annual funding is in perpetuity and will help fund renovations at the Center in the initial year of funding while establishing and growing the Stonewall Foundation […]

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  • SAAF Volunteer Appreciation Event is April 27, April 5, 2017

    SAAF will once again shine the spotlight on our wonderful volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation event. This year’s event will take place during National Volunteer Week, on Thursday April 27, 2017; from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Y. Dinner will be catered by Carte Blanche catering, served by SAAF employees followed by […]

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  • AZ Gives Day is Tuesday April 4, March 24, 2017

    The 5th annual Arizona Gives Day is Tuesday April 4 and we hope that you will consider giving to SAAF on that day. We have arranged match gifts totaling $3,000 but we need your help to make sure that we reach each match (see below for a listing of match donors). Plus, if SAAF is […]

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  • SAAF Stands with Transgender Students & Calls on Trump Administration to Protect All Students, February 23, 2017

    Yesterday, the Trump Administration reversed a sound policy protecting the rights of transgender students. The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) calls on President Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ensure all students have access to bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity and gender expression. The change to government […]

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The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.