Education and Prevention
The second part of the Four A's mission reads: "To work toward the elimination of HIV infection and its stigma in all Alaskan Communities." We are proud that the Four A's is the largest provider of HIV prevention and education services in the State of Alaska.
One of the most powerful tools we have to fight HIV/AIDS and its associated stigmas is education. In addition to helping people with HIV to live healthy and fulfilling lives, Four A's provides HIV education and prevention methods; tools everyone should know.
Studies have shown that prevention programs cost a fraction of what care and treatment programs cost. It is much cheaper to prevent someone from contracting HIV than it is to care for that person after they have been diagnosed with the disease. Prevention is also important in protecting our communities; talking about issues such as safer sex, needle use, and stigma can be tough for many individuals and families but Four A's staff can help make such necessary conversations easier. Four A's prevention efforts are of critical importance to Alaska. We pave the way to create healthier individuals, families, and communities.