Until There’s a Cure…
SAAF Presents Survey Findings at UT Austin
Poster Presentation Comes Just In Time for STD Awareness Month
SAN ANTONIO –The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) presented the results of its study, “You’re the Cure: An Interactive Approach to Teach STI/HIV Prevention” on Thursday, March 31, at the St. David’s Center for Prevention Research in Underserved Populations at the University of Texas at Austin. Results were presented at the research conference, “The Physical Environment’s Influences on Health,” just before Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month, which takes place in April. SAAF’s poster was one of only 28 posters chosen to be presented at the conference.
“When an organization makes a positive impact in the community like SAAF does, it is imperative to share the practices and outcomes with those in the scientific community,” said SAAF’s Senior Programmatic Officer Adolph Delgado, who conducted the data analysis for the study. “Personally, I felt excited about having the opportunity to present our data at this event.”
The study, which ran from July 2015 through June 2016, highlights the successes of SAAF's "You're the Cure" prevention education program. More than 99 percent of teens and young adults surveyed reported learning something new about HIV/AIDS from SAAF's prevention education presentations, and more than 97 percent indicated they were more motivated to get tested for HIV.
“It was our first time to share the success of You’re the Cure. These excellent results make me so proud of the work that we do,” said SAAF’s Director of Prevention Vanessa Zuniga.
She said the prevention education program, which began as a United Way funded program in 1992, reaches more than 20,000 people annually. Zuniga and her team present to a number of public schools, local businesses and state facilities throughout the year. SAAF is the only AIDS service organization that provides HIV/STD prevention education to school districts in Bexar County. According to Zuniga, the research presented at the conference illustrates the importance of this sort of outreach.
“The purpose of the poster presentation was to inform others not only of best practices and methods used but, more importantly, the need for prevention education of HIV/STDs,” said Zuniga. “I hope this demonstrates that, while we reach many participants annually, the work of prevention is far from over.”
SAAF's Senior Programmatic Officer Adolph Delgado, Director of Education Vanessa Zuniga and Prevention Educator Jenna Aguilar pose with the poster they presented at UT Austin. The study found that approximately 99 percent of participating young adults learned something new about HIV from SAAF's prevention education presentations, and more than 97 percent left the presentation more motivated to get tested for HIV.