Prevention Programs

Prevention Programs target populations at increased risk of HIV infection or transmission as well as those affected by stigma by offering specially-designed interventions that provide a supportive, educational environment in which harm reduction & empowerment 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

Syringe Access Program (SAP)

SAAF’s Syringe Access Program (SAP) provides information, education and referrals on HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections to adults who are current or former drug users.

The exchange is 1 for 1. Participants can always receive at least 10 syringes, even if they don’t have any to exchange. You can exchange up to 100 syringes per visit. When available, we may also offer alcohol wipes, cookers, cottons, tourniquets, waters, bleach, split kits, wound care kits, & hygiene kits.

SAP days, hours, and location are:
Monday & Wednesday 4:00-7:00pm
375 S Euclid Ave

Please arrive by 6:45pm to ensure you get served.  We are closed on major holidays.  

Life Point, run through the Pima County Health Department, also offers syringe access services at two locations.

Monday 12:30-4:00pm
175 W. Irvington

Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
3550 N 1st Ave

For more information, call Life Point at 520-724-3958

Prevention Programs for Youth

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With the support of Cenpatico, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is excited to create and lead Y.E.L.L. (Youth Empowerment and L.G.T.B.Q. Leadership) Coalition, a substance abuse prevention coalition for the city of Tucson and its community members. The coalition will work to deliver information and presentations to the Tucson community increasing the knowledge around the dangers and consequences of underage substance use, in addition to educating around the laws and regulations in the state of Arizona relating to substance use, sale, and purchase of alcohol and marijuana.

The coalition will participate in and support local events promoting public health and intends to recruit interested youth and community supports at these events. Through providing educational presentations and trainings for community members and youth, the coalition will help form and support a LGTBQ youth-led subcommittee. Using the Botvin Life Skills training curriculum, we will develop leadership, communication, decision making, and public speaking skills with the youth as a way to support the youth sub-committee to effectively engage and educate their peers around the risks of substance use.
Because LGTBQ youth are statistically more likely to engage in substance use and risk taking behavior like riding in a car with someone who has been drinking, we are creating a youth led sub-committee. Through the use of Botvin Life Skills Training we will facilitate the development of leadership, communication and decision making skills in the sub-committee. This training will facilitate these youth becoming peer leaders in their communities and support them in educating their peers to make healthy decisions and the risks of substance use.
Utilizing the creativity and skill of the youth sub-committee we will create messaging and a social media presence that encourages healthier decision making while also educating around the laws and ordinances related to underage substance use and possession. Using these marketing materials we will also create a “sticker shock” campaign that will be executed in both alcohol and medical marijuana retailers.
We are excited to support an important youth population and facilitate opportunities for them to actively construct and inform their community making it healthier for them and their peers.

For more information, please contact:
Tucker Grace, Program Manager, at: tgrace@saaf.org or (520) 547-6115

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YLP FINAL LOGOYouth Life Project (YLP)

YLP is a multi-faceted sexual violence prevention program for youth ages 13-24 offering life skills education addressing dating and sexual violence, capacity building trainings for service providers, and community mobilization of local resources and service organizations to address systemic sexual violence prevention.

Life Skills Education: YLP offers classes for middle-school and high-school aged youth to increase awareness of sexual and dating violence and equip youth with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends prevent sexual and dating violence. Life Skills topics include: preventing dating abuse, overcoming gender stereotypes, healthy relationships, and how to help friends.

Capacity Building: Youth service providers can request capacity building workshops addressing sexual violence prevention with youth participants. Trainings are intended to increase knowledge among professionals and community members of risks and social factors that contribute to abusive dating relationships, its causes, and its consequences and protective factors that support healthy relationships.

Community Mobilization: A Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition, which will include community stakeholders, schools and social service providers, will be developed to increase community awareness of sexual violence and how it can be effectively prevented. Further, efforts to educate community members and businesses about organizations that offer resources providing sexual violence prevention and intervention will be disseminated through this coalition.

For more information, please contact:
Violet Krieger, Youth Life Project Manager, at: vkrieger@saaf.org

ALLY

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, please contact:
Tucker Grace, Program Manager, at: tgrace@saaf.org or (520) 547-6115

Eon

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.

For more information, please contact:
Eon on Facebook: @EONYouth

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