Standing in the Gap (S.I.G.) is a culturally relevant and unique approach to providing African American women and girls programming related to prevention of HIV/AIDS, STDs, and unwanted pregnancy. The intervention also assists women with making knowledgeable decisions and choices about their overall health and well-being, which includes stress-reduction techniques, exercising, and healthy eating. In addition to the curriculum training, HIV testing is provided for the community at large (both male and female). S.I.G. is designed to address and decrease HIV infection among African American women and girls in the city of Detroit by providing intensive training through adapting the evidence-based curriculum S.I.S.T.A. (Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS), life planning, support, HIV testing, and follow-up.


Specific services and activities offered through the Standing in the Gap HIV Prevention Program includes training on:


  • Self-esteem building
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Parental Monitoring
  • Assertive Communication
  • Safe sex practices
  • HIV Testing and Referral
  • Abstinence and STD Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Parent support trainings
  • Case Management Services