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The Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS vision is to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to reduce infection, improve quality of life for those impacted by the disease, and contribute to worldwide research.
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS has been on the front lines of the fight against HIV and AIDS for 24 years. The agency, which focuses on low-income individuals, is the only AIDS service organization in Arizona that combines research, prevention/education and wellness services under one roof.
Adopting the National HIV/AIDS Strategy released by the White House in 2010, Southwest Center is setting an international example by fulfilling our goal of creating an integrated model of care for everyone who is affected by the disease.
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS was founded in 1988 to serve Arizonans who are at risk or impacted by HIV/AIDS. The agency serves Maricopa county men, women, children, youth, seniors, immigrants and the homeless. Nearly half of those served live at or below the federal poverty level. Services fall into three major categories:
1) Prevention Education and Outreach: Programs and support groups are provided for at-risk men, women, children, and families who are both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Services include weekly group health education and lunches for HIV positive individuals, child watch services so parents can access medical care and support services, HIV prevention education for youth, and our annual summer camp for families living with HIV.
2) Wellness and Life Management: More than 1,200 individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS are assisted by behavioral health counselors, registered dieticians, and naturopathic physicians. Services help offset the negative side effects of HIV prescription medication and improve quality of life.
3) Research: This work focuses on clinical trials and university research partnerships. Southwest Center is the largest privately supported HIV/AIDS clinical trial organizations in the Southwest. Clinical trial studies are dedicated to preventative vaccines and promising therapies.
Collaboration is an important part of our services and a number of Southwest Center programs are partnered with nonprofit and healthcare agencies, including Phoenix Children's Hospital and the county-operated Maricopa Integrated Health System.
Recent accomplishments include expanding the work of our 17-year-old clinical trials research program by 300 percent; helping to bring 32 of the 34 available HIV drugs to market; providing HIV and sexually transmitted disease education to more than 400 youth; conducting 8,184 well visits and support groups; and providing 1,558 HIV tests for people ages 18-81.