Need for HIV/AIDs awareness still important

Published on September 27, 2013

HIV-Awareness-RibbonIn observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, RIESTER is taking a moment to reflect on some of our most meaningful work within this space. Most recently, working with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to support Walgreens’ HIV Center of Excellence Pharmacies and Avella Speciality Pharmacies in their partnership to distribute free condoms to HIV positive persons throughout Arizona. 

“There’s been an alarming increase in the number of gay men in Arizona contracting HIV, especially men under 25. Youth have a mindset that HIV is no longer a threat. With RIESTER’s help, my program has implemented a social marketing initiative to renew HIV awareness and promote testing – the first large-scale education effort in many years. We are excited to bring more attention to this cause,” explains John Sapero, Office Chief for HIV Prevention at ADHS. RIESTER shares these sentiments, knowing that this type of work positively impacts those within our community.


For more information regarding HIV/AIDS awareness efforts in the state, or to learn more about the free condom distribution program launching October 2013, visit
 HIVAZ.org.