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Thanks to everyone who helped us on this journey! We are open and providing services here at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, along with our service partners McDowell Healthcare Center (part of Maricopa Integrated Health System) and Avella Specialty Pharmacy.

1101 N. Central Avenue Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ 85004 602.307.5330

Many of you have already been in to see us, toured our new Center, and hopefully you now feel this is your home – your Center.


If you have been in for a visit, then you’ve certainly noticed that we’re not quite done yet.

The BIG Reveal! Grand Opening Details  pg 8

Construction and improvements continue all aiming toward our Grand Opening – the “Big Reveal”! On Friday, November 1, we will begin the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting celebration at 3:00 p.m. This event will include entertainment, food, tours, and prizes. On Saturday from 10:00-2:00 pm, we are featuring a Community Health and Wellness Fair joined by our community partners. Please make plans to join us as we celebrate our new home which we are proud to share with the community. Let’s be honest, though. After the construction ends, and after we celebrate and thank everyone, this is really about continuing to fight HIV and help those living with the virus better manage and sustain their health. This is carried out through research, wellness and supportive services, and by taking education, prevention and testing out into the community. These are our tools. This is our mission. And, the beautiful new Center you helped us build is the platform on which we can expand our services, serve more in our community, and continue to make a difference. Thank you!

Southwest Center Top Walkers

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Len Stewart Executive Director

Get more of The HIVfactor. Join our e-mail list at Connect with Us! @SWCforHIVAIDS

Daniel Shares His Story Up Close  pg 7


We Are Here Update Fall Programs Body Positive Is Back!

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Programs funded in whole or in part by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, Maricopa Intergrated Health System and Maricopa County. Additional funding provided by Ryan White Part C and the Maricopa County Department of Health.

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Programs also funded in part by


Logan lost his fight against AIDS at the young age of 6. Logan was born February 1, 1993. Unfortunately, only three months later, he was diagnosed with AIDS. He was a happy little boy with big brown eyes, dimples and a smile that could capture you. People were always drawn to him and he to them. Logan was a pioneer in to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He was the first pediatric patient at Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS to be enrolled in the clinical trials program to help bring new medications to others living with HIV. Logan would also accompany his mother on speaking engagements, drawing awareness and sending the message that everyone is volnerable to HIV. He would go around the room and ask people to pick him up. With those big brown eyes and that smile, who could resist? Logan did not meet the standard childhood milestones, but he made milestones nonetheless. A teacher who came to his house was told by the school that she needed to wear double gloves, a gown and a mask when teaching him. This sparked an opportunity to train the education system in Logan’s neighborhood. The following year, he was able to attend preschool with other children. He was able to experience the school setting and he even had a best friend. Logan made such an impact on this friend that many years later, the best friend, as a college student, fundraises for HIV/AIDS.

Don’t let another child lose the battle.

SURVIVAL! counts on you

As Logan got older and the disease progressed, he began to struggle. However, he always found a way to turn a challenge into a triumph. Logan died shortly after turning six. Although he is terribly missed, he impacted many lives in the short time he was here. Stories abound about the people whose lives were changed forever by the cute little boy with AIDS.

SURVIVAL! COUNTS ON YOU Don’t let another child lose the battle.

yes! i would like to contribute to the annual campaign. $75 Covers one individual Behavioral Health Counseling session. $100 Support 30 women for one lunch & learn group. $200 Fulfills the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit (filing singly). $400 Fulfills the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit (filing jointly). $500 One monthly “Pizza and the Basics,” an HIV 101 education class. $1,500 A monthly supply of outreach testing kits. $2,000 Provides one client with counseling, alternative medicine and/or nutrition services bi-monthly for one year. $10,000 Paladin Donor Society l Recognition in all Center event programs l

Company logo or name on the Center’s website

To donate: go online to or complete and mail the attached envelope


Reduce your tax liability while helping those who need it most. Thanks to the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Program for the Working Poor, state taxpayers now have more incentive to make cash donations to Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. Contributions up to $400 may earn a dollarfor-dollar tax credit on Arizona income tax, which means your total tax bill can be reduced by this amount. The maximum credit for contributions is up to $200 for single or head of household (up to $400 for married taxpayers). In addition, your gift to Southwest Center qualifies as a charitable deduction on your 2013 federal return if you itemize.

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Leaders Are the Change When you convene a group of key business and community leaders who care deeply about enhancing the health and well-being of all Arizonans, great things begin to happen. This is certainly true at Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, where cabinet members of the $10.1 million We Are Here campaign are striving to complete the Center’s phenomenal new facility on Central Avenue and expand essential programs for people of all ages and cultures by year-end. The fundraising effort, co-chaired by Councilman Tom Simplot and AlphaGraphics owner Mike Sparaco, has made remarkable progress in recent months. With approximately $1 million remaining to be secured in private support, the campaign team is working hard to achieve success in these final months. “We are indebted to the magnanimous support of the Parsons,” says Sparaco, who also serves on the board of directors of organization. “Their outstanding generosity has provided our group with many new opportunities to secure additional funds for Southwest Center.” He, along with others, is pleased that campaign commitments not only support the new facility but also programs of benefit to all. Tom Simplot, who has propelled the campaign forward in countless ways from the very start, is one of Southwest Center’s staunchest advocates. He alone has met with dozens of prospective donors and has singlehandedly secured generous campaign contributions from most of them. His belief in the work of the organization is heartfelt. “During the early days of the AIDS epidemic, we acted out of fear because our friends and colleagues were being struck down by a disease that was largely unknown. Thanks to Southwest Center’s dedicated efforts over the past 25 years, we have tools and resources available to

lengthen and improve the quality of life of those who are infected,” stated Simplot. “Our work is not complete by any means, but new advancements in treatment and prevention are underway.” The 22-member campaign cabinet for the We Are Here campaign includes the impressive cadre of individuals listed below: We Are Here Campaign Cabinet Members (from left to right): Sue Lindmeier, Mortgage Consultant at On Q Financial; Mark Howard, Partner/Co-Owner of FEZ Restaurant & Bar, Bliss|ReBAR, Metropolis; Former Mayor Phil Gordon, Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health; Scott Burdick, Managing Partner at Wiseman and Gale Interiors; Richard Stahl, Community Advocate; Athia Hardt, Owner/Manager of Hardt and Associates; Tom Kelly, Community Advocate and Philanthropist; Councilman Tom Simplot, City of Phoenix; Len Stewart, Executive Director of Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS; Gary Egan, Deputy Director of Finance and Administration of Phoenix Art Museum; Mike Sparaco, Owner of AlphaGraphics; Joe Clees, Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins; Ken Gabel, Senior Vice President – Retail Banking at Arizona Bank and Trust Members Not Pictured: Former Governor Rose Mofford, We Are Here Honorary Chairperson; Robert Black, Owner of Fashion by Robert Black; Jeff Brodin, Owner of Brodin HR Law; Geoffrey Gonsher, Faculty Associate at Arizona State University; Mike Gorman, President of Gorman Co; David Horowitz, Attorney and Shareholder for May, Potenza, Baran & Gillespie, P.C.; Patty Johnson, Partner at Connections Marketing & Communications; Melissa Leonesio, Owner of OnDecKidz; Marc Reid, Owner of Marc Reid Salon; Megan Schmitz, Chief of Staff, Office of Councilman Tom Simplot for City of Phoenix, District 4 If you are interested in learning more about the We Are Here campaign and how you can participate, please contact Mesha

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We Are Here Honor Roll of Donors

Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS wishes to publicly acknowledge gifts from those whose generosity has helped make the goal of the $10.1 million We Are Here campaign a reality. Campaign leaders gratefully acknowledge the following individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations whose financial support will result in a new, permanent and prominent home for Southwest Center on Central Avenue and Portland Street, and the enhancement of innovative programs aimed at prevention, wellness and research. $7,000,000 and Above The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

$10,000 and Above Robert Brown Dr. Darren Deering and Mr. Frank Rawls Gary Egan and Daniel Holterman Tom Kelly Carol A. Poore, Ph.D. Tom Simplot and Joanne Simplot US Airways Larry Volkmar and Brian Glanville

$350,000 and Above The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation $250,000 and Above Ayers Saint Gross Go Daddy Osborn Maledon $100,000 and Above Jack Black, AIA Bill Hardin The Estate of Natalie Richards, in Honor of her son, Larry Richard Stahl Thunderbirds Charities $75,000 and Above BHHS Legacy Foundation $50,000 and Above Shelley Detwiller DiGiacomo/Detwiller, DiGiacomo & Pisaruk, PLLC Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Scott Sowell, in Honor of the Sowell family $25,000 and Above Alliance Bank of Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Ed Helms in Honor of Joe Helms Darin Osborne and Mike Sparaco SCF Arizona $20,000 and Above Gorman Company/Mike Gorman and Jim Fay $15,000 and Above Mark Howard

$5,000 and Above Darin Anderson Anonymous Tom Awai The Baker Team at On Q Financial Scott W. Burdick Employees Community Fund of Boeing Arizona Chris Ewing in Honor of Len Stewart Kim Grouse and Murray Kuzek in Memory of Andy Grouse Athia Hardt in Memory of Bob Hegyi Christy Ritchie and Ellen Rubach $3,000 and Above Jessica J. Fotinos Ken Gabel Bob Platt and Rich Bruno Len Stewart $2,500 and Above Greg J. Early in Memory of James R. Early Brian Spicker in Memory of Kenn Copass $1,000 and Above Mesha Davis Geoffrey Gonsher Phil Gordon Nathan Joseph Karen and Todd Santoni Megan Schmitz J. David Smith Steve Ward

Southwest Center Makes Big Impact on AIDS Walk/Rainbows Festival Weekend largest agency team ever, and raised a significant amount of money for the event on Sunday, October 20th. According to team captain, Jon Martin, the team was 93 members strong and raised a total of $7,932! The top earning team member, Darren Deering, raised a total of $3,065, making him the #2 individual fundraiser of the event overall. Southwest Center’s team was the #4 highest earning team overall, and the #1 benefiting agency team.

Andrea Norman, Mary and Tim Vucurevich

October 19 and 20 was a busy and important weekend for Southwest Center, as we participated in both AIDS Walk Phoenix and the Rainbows Festival. Southwest Center fielded the

As a benefiting agency of AIDS Walk Phoenix, Southwest Center, along with 17 other local AIDS service organizations, receives an equal share of the proceeds raised by the event. The Walk is produced by Aunt Rita’s Foundation, who revived the Walk in 2008 after it had not been held in Phoenix since the closing of AIDS

Project Arizona in 2003. Southwest Center is proud to be a beneficiary of what has become the largest single AIDS fundraiser in Arizona. Aunt Rita’s Foundation will distribute checks to the benefiting agencies at the Red Brunch on November 30, 2013. Rainbows Festival, the second largest LGBT community event after Phoenix Pride, was held on October 19 and 20 at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix. Each year Southwest Center’s participation in the Festival focuses on community awareness and HIV prevention. Led by Lynea Adams, the staff and volunteers at Southwest Center’s booth distributed over 9,000 safe sex kits and promoted the agency’s various programs and services. It was a full weekend that saw Southwest Center make a huge impact on the community.

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Positive Peer Prevention Program

Child Watch

Living Well with Hep C

Center for Women’s Health & HIV Programs

Camp Incredible


Join the Fun & Excitement: Our Volunteers Make a Difference! Southwest Center depends on community members, like you, who are willing to volunteer two to 20 hours a week. Our services could not be delivered without the dedication and hard work of our volunteers. We have volunteer opportunities at a variety of commitment levels so

Men’s Day

you can make a difference even if you don't have a lot of free time. Volunteers work in all aspects of the Center, from Development and Administration, to Prevention and Research. Click here or call 602.595.8129 to join our team of great volunteers!

Logan’s Playground Child Watch*

Saturdays 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

A support group for gay & bisexual men who have been living with HIV for 10+ years.

Available onsite for all clients utilizing services at the Center.

A free, introductory HIV 101 Class for the entire community.

Men’s Lunch & Learn Wednesdays 12:00 noon - 1:30p.m.

HOURS: Tuesday - Thursday 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. Please RSVP to 602.595.8166

Hope Group Wednesdays 10:30a.m. - 12:00 noon

A day of health, education and empowerment provides knowledge about health issues impacting men.

Men in Focus Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:00p.m.

A weekly support group for all HIV+ men.

Women’s Day* Women’s Voices Thursdays 11:00a.m. - 12:00 noon

Support group that focuses on a variety of topics, from living with HIV to raising a family.

Voces de Mujeres Thursdays 11:00a.m. - 12:00 noon

Psychosocial group for Spanish speaking clients.

Women’s Lunch & Learn Thursdays 12:00 noon - 1:30p.m.

Support group for pregnant or new mommies. Last Thursday every other month. *

Funded in part by Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community


Funded in part by: COX Charities, William L. and Ruth T. Pendleton Memorial Fund, and Sundt Foundation

>HIV & SYPHILIS TESTING Monday-Thursday: 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. *Last test taken at 6:30p.m.

Friday: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. *Last test taken at 4:30p.m. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing available Wednesday and Thursday 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

GET TESTED! 1101 N. Central Avenue, Suite 200 Phoeniz, AZ 85004 602.307.5330 |

Pizza & The Basics

November 16, 2013 January 11, 2014

Shout Out to Focus Features Southwest Center thanks Focus Features for offering staff, clients and friends a special screening of Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey at AMC Theatres Arizona Center. The movie tells the true 1990’s story of Ron Woodruff who discovers he is HIV+ and makes it his mission to find alternative drugs and therapies for himself and others battling HIV/AIDS. Focus Features also distributed Anna Karenina (2012), Milk (2008) and Brokeback Mountain (2005).

World AIDS Day: December 1, 2013 Join Southwest Center as we celebrate World AIDS Day on Sunday, December 1. Check and for events and updates. Southwest Center staff will be attending the Aunt Rita’s Foundation Red Brunch on Saturday, November 30 as the kick-off to World AIDS Day weekend. 6 | FALL 2013



¡El SIDA Sí Da!

by David Duran

(Reprinted with permission from POZ Magazine)

Translated: AIDS Does Happen! This old Spanish-language HIV awareness slogan remains as relevant as ever for Latinos.

Welcome New Staff Members! Say HI to These New Faces at Southwest Center

Daniel Leon’s story is a reminder of the toll that Latino culture—in most respects, something that’s a source of pride and comfort—can take on the health of its people. He knew at a young age that he was different—and it showed. In 2006 at age 23, he ended up in the emergency room, where he tested HIV positive. Daniel educated himself on HIV at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS in Phoenix and improved his health and outlook. Gay and bisexual Latino men account for nearly four out of five new HIV cases among Latinos nationwide. Read the entire article at:

Noah Altman

Marina Kuljanin

Laura Cafiso

Jake Rancourt

Dr. Patric Hernandez-Kline

John Santacrose

Jesse Kern

Mary Vucurevich

Body Positive is Back! Southwest Center has designated the Body Positive Kirk Baxter Wellness Center as a part of The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness. The Wellness Center, named for the agency's founder Kirk Baxter, includes six client wellness rooms for nutrition, acupuncture and naturopathy care. Body Positive Founder, Kirk Baxter

"The renaming of our Wellness Center signals not just heartfelt feelings about the name, but a renewed commitment to the founding spirit of Phoenix Body Positive," said Baxter. "When Bob Hegyi, a friend I miss dearly, and I last spoke about the concept of the name change, he stated, 'Kirk, If that could really happen, there would be dancing in the streets!'" Kirk continued, "I suspect that Bob is smiling down upon us, as our clients, donors and staff celebrate - most appropriately, to the beat of some dance music."

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