Prevention Point Philadelphia
Prevention Point Philadelphia is a public health organization based in Philadelphia. We have identified the most vulnerable populations of the city - the uninsured, the homeless, the sex workers and the injection drug users. Our services are free and we do not require health insurance.
Prevention Point Philadelphia was founded in 1991 as a volunteer-based grassroots organization working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis among injection drug-users through education and needle exchange. PPP has been successful in its mission through the support of then Mayor Ed Rendell, who, recognizing the need to quell the HIV/AIDS epidemic, legalized needle exchange in 1992. PPP has since evolved into a public health organization serving the needs of the most vulnerable populations of Philadelphia.
PPP's non-judgmental approach provides health information and access to treatment for anyone who needs it, especially those afflicted with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis through drug use. Our core services are our Street-side Health Project, Transhealth Information Project, Harm Reduction Services Center, Legal Advocacy Project and Syringe Exchange Program, all aimed at relieving the suffering of individuals. Recently, PPP piloted its Stabilization, Treatment and Engagement Program, which offers the medication buprenorphine as a recovery alternative to Methadone Maintenance.
To reduce the harm associated with drug use and commercial sex work and to keep people healthy and safe through providing information and resources.