What is STOP AIDS Project?
We aim to prevent HIV transmission among gay, bi and transgender men in SF. We help change behavior, increase commitment to safer sex and build community support for each individual through neighborhood outreach, workshops and community forums.
What exactly do you do?
Almost every night our staff and volunteers are out doing neighborhood outreach, workshops, community forums or social support events. We have over 300 volunteers advising our programs and doing peer-to-peer support with gay, bi and trans guys.
Do you have to be gay?
Not at all! We have straight girls and even some straight guys (gasp!) who are committed to preventing the spread of HIV. Being familiar with queer culture and being comfortable around explicit descriptions of sex, however, is required.
What's the time commitment?
That varies based on the job. We realize that many of our volunteers attend school, work full time jobs or have relationships to nurture -- we try to accommodate everyone.
I'm busy and my work schedule is inflexible. What can I do to help?
There are many ways to support us if you don’t have regular time to give. Helping with special events doesn't require a huge time commitment. We also encourage people who are too busy to volunteer to donate via our safe and secure online donations page.
I'm more a behind-the-scenes kind of person. What can I do?
While outreach is our biggest volunteer need at the moment, we have other opportunities that don’t require being in a loud, noisy bar environment. We also need help with Program and Office Support.
Aren’t all of your volunteers HIV+? Or HIV negative?
It’s a common misconception that only people of a certain HIV status can volunteer with us. All kinds of people are involved at STOP AIDS, from workshop planning to street outreach.