BuddyUp is a youth mentor program for HIV-positive youth to connect with their peers.
TARP is Teen Advocates for Risk Prevention.
The two programs of AIDS Alabama South joined together for all teens!
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BuddyUp with TARP or want to learn more about getting involved?
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Speakers give teens an opportunity to connect with their peers living with HIV, learn how to manage their sexual health while educating teens not living with HIV.
BuddyUp with TARP helps teens connect with peers on life experiences, and form friendships with others experiencing similar situations.
BuddyUp with TARP is Teen Advocates for Risk Prevention (T.A.R.P.) is a program of AIDS Alabama South aimed at providing High School-aged young people in Mobile and Baldwin county with the education and tools needed to be advocates for sexual and health risk prevention in their schools and communities.
The BuddyUp program is made possible by support from ViiV Healthcare.
COVID-19 Statement: In the interest of the health and well-being of the communities we serve, as well as our staff, BuddyUp and TARP will both be virtual programs.
BuddyUp youth mentor program for HIV positive youth in transition from pediatric care into the general health care system. BuddUp is a support group led by and for youth living with HIV ages 13-24 in Mobile County, AL. The program will help young people connect with peers on life experiences, and form friendships with others experiencing similar situations.
It is the Mission of T.A.R.P. to provide education and training to young people to help them become sexual health, stigma reduction, and risk prevention advocates in their schools and communities.
T.A.R.P.’s goal is to train at least 2 young people from each high school in Mobile and Baldwin County, as well as from the Home School Communities for a total of approximately 70 young people.
T.A.R.P. will achieve this goal by hold virtual training meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The first meeting of the month will focus on a specific topic and training, the second meeting will be a discussion about how to implement that topic in daily life. Topics will include Stigma, Sex Ed, HIV Prevention, Healthy Conversations, Consent, Abuse, Alcohol & Drug Use, and many other topics relevant to young people.
BuddyUp with TARP hosts supportive meetings for parents, guardians and other loved ones - where researchers, service providers, mentors, and AIDS Alabama South staff can present HIV data, receive feedback, and everyone can ask questions.
Parent and/or guardian enrollment applications for Parents for BuddyUp with TARP are now being accepted. Please sign up below and you will receive information by email. If you have questions, please email us at
ENROLLMENT FOR TEENS
Youth enrollment applications for BuddyUp with TARP are now being accepted. Please sign-up below and you will receive information by email. If you have questions, please email us at
BECOME A SPEAKER
Speaker applications for BuddyUp with TARP are now being accepted. Please sign up below and you will receive information by email. If you have questions, please email us at
Nearly half of all new HIV diagnoses in Alabama occur among young people between the ages of 13-24 years old.
AIDS Alabama South has been working with youth and young adults for many years. We facilitate and participate in numerous HIV prevention and advocacy events continuously. The new program is an opportunity for HIV-positive youth to connect with their peers, learn how to manage their health, build relationships and navigate the health care system as they grow older