YOUR Gift in Action- Reclaiming that Winning Smile

Smiling older man“It’s time to say ‘thank you’ for your dedication & support during my recent dental work at El Rio Dental. I am grateful to my case manager at SAAF, Steve Manges, for his patience & guidance beginning my dental procedure. After my cancer treatment of chemo, radiation, and pain meds, all of my teeth were destroyed which was a devastating reality. After securing the initial funding, thanks to Steve, Neil MacDonald (SAAF’s Statewide Insurance Programs Coordinator), SAAF, & Delta Dental, I finally was ready to begin the dental adventure.The timing for me was perfect as a new program connecting El Rio Dental with EL Rio SIA (Special Immunology Associates) & patients living with HIV & AIDS (had just been established).
It feels great to smile again as my team and I are in the final phase of adjustments. I thank all of you and your hard work. Patients of El Rio & SAAF & other HIV/AIDS organizations need this program. Seeking information and assistance provided for patients who already feel overwhelmed with cancer & HIV, now (they) have some amazing patient advocacy to walk them through the options for treatment plans, funding, and navigating the dental clinics. Thank you, again, for everything.”



News and Events

  • SAAF Stands with Transgender Community, October 25, 2018

    Press Release for Immediate Release October 25, 2018 Based on news reports over the weekend, the Trump administration is working to dramatically roll back protections for transgender students by narrowing the definitions of sex and gender under Title IX that our courts have used to provide protections for LGBTQ+ people. It is reported that the […]

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  • 30th AIDSWALK Touches the Hearts of Hundreds, October 23, 2018

    On the morning of Sunday, October 14th, 2018 hundreds of people gathered early in Downtown Tucson to show their support for the 30th Annual AIDSWALK Tucson. Everyone has a different reason for walking, some very personal while others walk due to a strong sense of community.  No matter the reason, the presence of approximately 500 […]

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  • Call for 2019 Out Brunch Community Award Nominations, August 23, 2018

    The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is proud to announce the community nomination period for the 2019 Out Brunch Community Awards. The Out Brunch Community Awards recognize and celebrate the work and dedication of three exceptional community members.  Nominations open August 23, 2018 and close September 21, 2018.  The awards will be given at the […]

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  • AIDSWALK Tucson Registration Now Open, June 28, 2017

    The 29th Annual AIDSWALK Tucson may still be 3 months away, but it is never too early to register and start fundraising! Join your friends and family (and your four-legged friends, too) for a walk to fight stigma and hate in our community. We’ll see you on October 15 for another amazing year of AIDSWALK […]

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  • National HIV Testing Day is June 27, May 19, 2017

    HIV testing is the only way to know for sure if someone has HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States today, 1 in every 7 is not aware of their positive status. That means they aren’t getting the […]

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