Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Prevention Point

The JeffHOPE Prevention Point Clinic operates in cooperation with Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP), a private, non-profit needle exchange program committed to protecting the health and rights of intravenous drug users and sex industry workers in Philadelphia. PPP is an organization which attempts to teach behavior modification targeted at risk reduction, including using clean needles for every injection and condoms during sexual encounters. On Saturday mornings between 10:30 and 12:30, PPP parks two recreational vehicles (RVs) at the corner of 3rd and Girard. One RV is used for the needle exchange, while the second RV houses the JeffHOPE Prevention Point medical clinic. Needle exchangers line up to trade their used needles in for clean ones at the needle exchange and while doing so are offered literature on disease prevention, bleach and water for cleaning needles, and condoms.

Prevention Point:

  • Saturdays, 10:15 AM - 1:30 PM
  • 333 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123
  • (215) 787-0116

Rebecca Simon
Clinic Director


The JeffHOPE clinic at Prevention Point provides general adult care. The clientele include the homeless, the impoverished, the uninsured and even the insured. Many of the patients have problems that are a direct result of IV drug use, such as abscesses and cellulitis. Other problems commonly encountered at this site include hepatitis, AIDS and HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and mental illness.