The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) proposes to implement a high-impact HIV prevention program, focused on reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to and retention in HIV medical care, and promoting health equity among high risk populations in Arizona’s two most populous counties of Maricopa and Pima. Through a focus on early diagnosis, treatment for persons with HIV, prevention of new HIV infections, and assistance of county and state health departments to rapidly respond to growing HIV clusters, the program will strengthen the HIV care continuum and optimize health outcomes for persons living with and at increased risk for HIV/AIDS. SAAF will subcontract with CAN Community Health and Amistades Inc. to reach the target population. We will target Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), especially youth and MSM of color, which is in line with Arizona surveillance data and the 2017-2021 Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan for Arizona. The purpose of the project is to:
• Increase access and accessibility to HIV and STD testing among those at highest risk for HIV infection, link newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals to HIV medical care and critical support services, and re-engage previously diagnosed out-of-care HIV-positive persons in care;
• Promote retention of HIV-positive persons in HIV medical care and promote use of antiretroviral therapy;
• Ensure wide availability and accessibility of condoms for HIV-positive and high-risk negative (HRN) persons; and,
• Ensure that HRN persons have access to critical prevention and essential support services, including PrEP and/or nPEP.
The project is built on the foundation of evidence-based strategies. Project activities will be monitored and adjusted to ensure that individuals are being served in an appropriate manner and that project outcomes are met. Project outcomes include:
• Increase the number of MSM, especially youth and MSM of Color, in Pima and Maricopa Counties who are aware of their HIV status:
• Increase the receipt of integrated screenings for Hepatitis C and STIs among the target population;
• Increase receipt of HIV medical care and ART among individuals from the target population with newly diagnosed HIV and among previously diagnosed HIV positive persons lost to care;
• Increase access to Partner Services among members of the target population;
• Increase access to PrEP among MSM, especially youth and MSM of color;
• Increase availability of condoms statewide.