Saber para Reagir
According to a survey of 600 adolescents from the impoverished Sao Jorge community in the Brazilian city of Londrina, 60% do not use contraceptives and 30 percent have used illegal drugs. To protect these vulnerable teens from infectious diseases, ALIA began the Saber para Reagir (To Know Is to React) program. The program's workshops educate 80 participants at a time about sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS), early pregnancy, correct use of male and female contraceptives, and citizen rights. In addition, monthly meetings with families in the community spark dialogue and empower their involvement in the education process. " Saber para Reagir is just one of 18 projects run by ALIA, which was established in 1989 by HIV-positive professionals working in several fields. Now the largest HIV/AIDS-related organization in Brazil, its mission is to protect the civil rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through the creation and implementation of scientific and social programs. ALIA is considered an authority in combating HIV/AIDS and actively participates in formulating policies related to public health, social assistance and education. Since the partnership with Johnson & Johnson began in 2005, ALIA's Saber para Reagir program has reached more than 240 teens at high risk for HIV/AIDS infection.