PCAF, through education and service, prevents HIV infection, assists persons affected by HIV/AIDS, addresses related health problems, and combats associated stigma and discrimination.
- We respect individuals and are dedicated to serving their needs.
- We maintain a caring environment and a place of hospitality where clients, caregivers, volunteers and staff are learners, teachers and leaders.
- We empower people to make pro-active health decisions to reduce risk or harm to themselves or others in a way that is non-judgmental, sex-positive, gay-positive, and culturally sensitive.
- We give voice to the powerless and disenfranchised and mobilize the community by advocating for people affected by HIV/AIDS and related diseases.
Harm Reduction Philosophy
The harm reduction approach is consistent with the social work value of self-determination and meeting the client where the client is.
National Association of Social Workers
Harm reduction is the practice of finding ways to reduce harm to the individual as well as to the larger community while clients may still be engaged in harmful or high-risk behavior .It’s a realistic, practical model that meets the clients where they are at and does not require the client to meet unattainable expectations. This model acknowledges the dignity and worth of all human beings regardless of the behaviors or activities they may be engaging in. Some examples are:
- Giving clean needles to a person who uses drugs intravenously. This helps the individual to stay healthy and protects the community from transmissible diseases without requiring that person to get clean or sober before they are ready.
- For someone who does not have access to condoms or is not in a position to insist on condoms, helping them gain access to PrEP will limit their likelihood of acquiring HIV. This is a harm reduction method to limit HIV transmission without insisting on condom usage 100% of the time.