HIV and the South


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It is important to know the locations of trustworthy organizations and resources in your community. With having this in mind, Southern Aids Coalition has created the Find Your Safe Zone tool to help you identify outlets trusted by the HIV/Aids community.


First, use the map on the right of this page to scroll to your state. Once there, you will see your state populated with a variety of icons. Using the map key below you will be able to identify the icon that best fits your need. When clicking on an icon directly on the map, a description box will appear with pertinent information in regards to location, contact information, website, etc.

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HIV in the South

Despite our best efforts and significant successes at SAC, the South continues to be disproportionately impacted by HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the South now experiences the greatest burden of HIV infection, illness, and deaths of any U.S. region, and lags far behind in providing quality HIV prevention and care to its citizens.” The South is home to the most undiagnosed HIV, the most newly diagnosed, and the most gay, bisexual, and SGL men living with HIV as well as the most black women diagnose with HIV.

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Intentional Advocacy E-Learning Course:

At SAC, we partner with the brilliant people at ETR to provide you free access to this resource to support grassroots advocacy in the South. In this interactive e-learning course, you will:

View the power of advocacy for Southern organizations

Explore ways to incorporate advocacy to strengthen the work you are already doing

Review a tool to assess your organization’s capacity to engage in advocacy

Have access to specific strategies that can be used in your setting

Advocacy Training: 

We provide training to groups who would like to strengthen their advocacy and prevention skills. The training will include using storytelling as an advocacy tool, how to engage your
legislator, advocacy letter writing, and more.

Sign up today!

LEAD Academy:

We at SAC have developed the LEAD Academy (Leadership, Education, and Advocacy Development) to produce the next generation of leaders. This intensive training program created by and for people living with HIV includes more than 20 hours of intensive training, all delivered in-person and on site by SAC’s staff in conjunction with leading experts and local partners. Once participants have completed the three courses, they will graduate as a “Southern LEADer.” Graduates will have advanced knowledge of HIV, real-world experience with advocacy, and the skills to serve as leaders and trusted sources of information within their community.

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Educate (Presentations):

Let us speak at your next event. We present at events across the country to expand issues knowledge and increase awareness of the impact of HIV on the South.

Request us for your next event!

Organization Support

(Technical Assistance):

We provide technical assistance and ongoing administrative support to state-based advocacy networks in order to replicate successful campaigns, coordinate efforts, and effect systemic change.

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