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Message from Cara Dessert, The Center's CEO

This month, groundbreaking laws that impact our trans community members went into effect. Under California Senate Bill 179 -- authored by our very own State Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins -- these new laws make it easier to obtain state-issued identity documents and court orders for people who petition for a gender and/or name change.

This is a tremendous step forward for our community. SB 179 allows Californians to streamline the process for aligning their name with their identity, simplifies getting a matching birth certificate and -- for the first time – allows us to identify as male, female or nonbinary on key state documents. Additionally, SB 179 will also let people alter their California driver’s license to reflect male, female or nonbinary starting on Jan. 1, 2019. California is only the second state in the country to offer a standard way to obtain a nonbinary gender marker on state documents.

In Partnership with The Center and Project TRANS, Pride Law at University of San Diego School of Law, hosts a free Name and Gender-Marker Change Clinic on the first Tuesday of every month to assist people with California’s new Name Change & Gender Marker Change process. Those interested in scheduling an appointment can email Helen at transclinic.sandiego@gmail.com. Last month alone, at least 21 individuals utilized this clinic. Thank you to all the volunteer attorneys and law students who have brought this resource to The Center!  

On behalf of everyone at The Center, we’d like thank all the advocates, activists, family members and lawmakers who worked to make SB 179 a reality! This is a proud moment for us all!

In The Know With Ian

In less than 2 weeks, thousands of San Diegans will come together and raise funds for HIV services and prevention programs in San Diego. Have you registered? Donated? Fourteen HIV organizations will receive funds from this year's event and these funds are a vital resource for many. Please visit www.aidswalksd.org and join us for the walk or 4 mile run, or search for a participant and make a tax deductible donation. There are over 18,000 San Diegans living with HIV, let's work together to make a difference.

Get Our #AIDSWalkSD Swag!
Register for AIDS Walk & Run San Diego you’ll have a chance to earn some incredible fundraising swag including:

•    Walkers and runners that raise $100 or more (including their registration fees) get a beautiful AIDS Walk and Run T-shirt.
•    All runners will receive an official AIDS Walk San Diego medal.
•    Teams that have 10 registered participants or raise $1,000 or more by Mon., Sept. 24 earn the coveted AIDS Walk San Diego yellow shoe with your name on it and a special team meeting station.
•    Individuals that raise $1,000 or more are inducted into our honorable Extra Mile Club – and they get swag galore including that special gold crown and a post-event brunch cruise!



Upcoming Events

Monday, Sept. 17, 5:30-8pm, MeTooLGBTQ Networking Evening
The LGBTQ Sexual Assault Task Force invites service providers, first responders, survivors, and community members interested in expanding and enhancing the services available to LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence to join us for an evening of networking, resource-gathering, and capacity-building. Learn more here.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-9pm, Fall Fundraiser: Welcome New Center CEO Caroline Dessert, Esq.
The Board of Directors of The San Diego LGBT Community Center proudly invites you to a Fall Fundraiser: Welcome New Center CEO Caroline Dessert, Esq. This outdoor event will take place on the evening of Thursday, October 11th, 2018 from 6pm-9pm at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Promenade Plaza. Come mingle in fabulous business cocktail attire and help us celebrate with dinner, live music and great company. Tickets are on sale now! Click here and join us before this special event sells out!

Saturday, Sept. 29, AIDS Walk & Run San Diego

In its 29th year, AIDS Walk & Run San Diego remains the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego County. Funds raised for AIDS Walk & Run San Diego will support 15 local HIV service organizations and The Center’s HIV services and programs. There are currently more than 18,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. Your participation inspires those living with HIV and honors those we’ve lost to the disease. This event also raises HIV awareness while reducing the stigma -- and that is more important than ever to our fight to end HIV. Register, donate, volunteer at www.aidswalksd.org.



New at The Center!

Helping You Hear Better: The Center is Here for You
The San Diego LGBT Community Center strives to be a welcoming and affirming – and accessible – place for all in our community.

To further support our community, we’ve recently installed a “Hearing Loop” at the Front Desk, in our Auditorium and in Group Room 2. We are also planning to expand the Hearing Loop to other locations within The Center.

The Hearing Loop will help people hear better – in presentations in the auditorium, in meetings in the group room and in interactions at the front desk. The Hearing Loop enhances the listening experience of those who use hearing aids, as well as those with hearing loss, by delivering presentations directly into the ears.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of the Hearing Loop, hearing aid and cochlear implant users should check to see if you have a T-coil, and ensure it is programmed correctly. The Hearing Loop brochure at the front desk will provide more detailed information about programming.

If you have questions regarding T-coil, or your personal hearing devices, please check in with your audiologist or other hearing professional to make sure you have a T-coil, and if so, to ensure it’s installed for a manual T program. Automatic T settings will not work with Hearing Loop.

If you need assistance utilizing the Hearing Loop, please ask a Front Desk staff or volunteer.


Trans Happenings

Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Transgender Coming Out Group
This group meets on Mondays, 7-8:30pm, and supports transgender people in all stages of exploring gender identity. Open to transgender women (MTF), transgender men (FTM), genderqueer/gender non-conforming people, people who are intersex and those questioning their gender identity. SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, allies) are welcome to attend with their transgender loved ones. For more information, contact us at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.


Program Activities: Youth, Seniors, Families, Men, Women, HIV Community and More

Free HIV & Hep C Testing at The Center
Along with the OraQuick HIV Rapid Antibody test, The Center also offers the UCSD Early Test, Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm), and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The Early Test is a specialized viral load test that can detect acute (very early stage) HIV infection as soon as one week after potential exposure. HCV (Hepatitis C) Rapid Antibody testing is also available every day. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101 or visit events.thecentersd.org/BTG.

HIV Testing at The Hillcrest Youth Center
While HIV testing is available every day at The Center, testing at the HYC is available for youth. The test is done with a mouth swab and results only take about 20 minutes. While you're waiting, your HIV test counselor will have a judgement-free, sex-positive conversation with you that provides accurate information about HIV and risk. And there's free swag and incentives for testing! Testing is available by walk-in, or you can make an appointment by calling 619.692.2077 x250 or email hyc@thecentersd.org. Ages 12-13: 4th Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6pm. Ages 14-18: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30pm and 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, 6:00-7:30pm.

Pruebas de VIH Gratis en Latin@ Services del Centro Communitario LGBT
¡Nuevo! Estamos ofreciendo pruebas de VIH en el Nicole Murray-Ramirez Latin@ Services del Centro Communitario LGBT. Gratis y confidencial. Estamos disponibles para pruebas de VIH cada primer y tercer Jueves. 3-6:00pm. Aqui estamos para apoyarte y guiarte en la manera apropiada para ti. Para más información, ponte en contacto con Marla al mverdugo@thecentersd.org o 619.692.2077 x231.

Mondays, 9:15-10:15am, Yoga for Everyone
This yoga class is open to all. David Miranda, a certified yoga instructor, will lead this very popular class. We welcome David to The LGBT Center and we hope to see all of our regulars to this class come back and support David as he puts his heart into his system of exercises for mental and physical health. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2pm, Feeling Fit Club
The Feeling Fit Club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2 pm in the Auditorium. This class for older adults helps to improve balance, strength and flexibility to help maintain independence. It's suitable for all levels - exercises can be done sitting or standing. To sign up, just attend class. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Mondays, 3-7pm, Mobile Medical Unit
The Family Health Centers of San Diego Mobile Medical Unit will be located in The Center’s parking lot every Monday from 3-7 pm! Services include basic primary care, immunizations, PrEP (through Rx), STD screening & treatment, chest/breast cancer screening, family planning, pap smears, pregnancy testing, hormone therapy and sick & well visits. Contact The Center at 619.692.2077 x211 to make an appointment!


1st, 2nd & 3rd Mondays, 5:30-7pm, Grief and Loss Discussion Group
Peer-lead discussion group relating to issues of grief and loss. Group encompasses all issues relating to loss including: divorce seperation, loss of friendship, employment, loss of pets. For more information, contact Heather at  hmarinokibbee@thecentersd.org.

Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Transgender Coming Out Group
This group meets on Mondays, 7-8:30 pm, and supports transgender people in all stages of exploring gender identity. Open to transgender women (MTF), transgender men (FTM), genderqueer/gender non-conforming people, people who are intersex and those questioning their gender identity. SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, allies) are welcome to attend with their transgender loved ones. For more information, contact Connor at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Mondays, 7:15-8:45pm, Women's Discussion Group
Join us in room 201 for an open discussion group for LBT women to talk about a variety of subjects, including relationships, school, work, family, friends and any other topics of interest. For more information, email women@thecentersd.org.

Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm, 10-13 Year Old Youth Program @ HYC
Open drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth ages 10-13. A great space to hang out, socialize, connect with mentors, or participate in discussion groups, activities, and workshops. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Therapist-lead support group for survivors who have been victims of intimate partner/domestic violence. Group is closed-format and requires intake with group facilitator prior to joining. Contact The Center's on duty counselor at 619.692.2077 x208 or onduty@thecentersd.org to sign up.

Martes, 6-7:30pm, Grupo de Apoyo Mujeres con Orgullo
Un grupo de apoyo para mujeres que se identifican como lesbianas o bisexuals. Un espacio para conocer a otras mujeres para socializar y platicar de temas que nos unen. Platicas son en Espanol. Para mas informacion, por favor pongase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 12 noon, Shades of Color
An empowerment group for black men, Shades of Color covers a variety of topics, including healthy relationships, self-esteem, living with HIV, spiritual awareness, community mobilizing and more. The group meets every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30 pm and lunch is provided. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116 or rgallego@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 1:30pm, Senior Art Group: Drawing and Painting
Artists and emerging artists of all skill levels gather together weekly to enjoy the warm camaraderie of other like-minded artist. This is not a class, each artists learns from one another. Bring the medium of your choice. Explore your innner artist, everyone is welcome. For information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 7pm, Womxn & Femininity Group @ HYC
This is a closed group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 identifying as female, trans woman, or femme to share space, stories, discussions, and community related to the feminine experience. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org
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Wednesdays, 7pm, Men & Masculinity Group @ HYC
This is a closed group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 identifying as male, trans man, or masc to share space, stories, discussions, and community related to the masculine experience. This group meets the
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45pm, Women's Coming Out Group
This group supports women who are straight, gay, bi, trans or questioning in coming out and being out. For more information, email women@thecentersd.org.

Miércoles, 6-8pm, Grupo de Apoyo Las Manzanitas
Las Manzanitas es un grupo de apoyo LGBT que provee información y apoyo para los que viven infectados/afectados por el VIH. No es necesario ser VIH+ para participar. El grupo se reúne semanalmente cada Miércoles de 6 a 8pm y se proveen bocadillos. Amigos y parientes de la comunidad LGBT son bienvenidos el ultimo Miércoles del mes. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116 o latinos@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 2:45-3:45pm, Gentle Yoga for Seniors
We are pleased to announce that we have Gentle Yoga classes for seniors each Thursday at 2:45 pm in the auditorium of The Center. Improve your health and overall well-being, regardless of age, physical ability or financial status. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at 619. 692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 4:30-7:30pm, The Center's South Bay Club House
South Bay Clubhouse is a weekly affirming drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 to meet each other, hang out, chat, and participate in fun social activities. *** Thursday, May 24 is the last session before Summer Break! For more information contact hyc@thecentersd.org

Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, 18-24 Year Old Program - ThursTAYS @ HYC
Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 18-24. A great space to hang out, socialize, connect with mentors, or participate in discussion groups, activities, and workshops. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.

Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, Trans Veterans Support Group
Meet other Veterans and active duty folks to support and share resources for smoother transitions within the military and VA. This is a great place to share your hopes and struggles. The group meets at The Center every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 7pm. For more information, contact us at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Thursdays, 7:15-8:45pm, Men's Coming Out Group
Peer-to-peer support & discussion for men who are straight, gay, bi, trans or questioning, in coming out and being out. For more information email discussion@thecentersd.org.

Viernes, 6-8pm, Grupo de Apoyo Transgenero 2000
Este grupo se lleva a cabo de 6pm a 8pm, es un grupo abierto a familias, amigos y personas que quieran comprender y dar apoyo a personas transgenero, en este grupo se dan diferentes temas educativos y tambien las chicas comparten sus experiencias de la vida. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116, latinos@thecentersd.org.


2nd Fridays, 6-8:30pm, Trans Game Night
NEW at The Center! Join us for a night of laughs, fun, and unforgettable memories at our new monthly Transgender Game Night! All ages welcome. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase. Second Friday of every month. For more information, contact Project TRANS at The Center at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.


3rd Friday, 7-8pm, Queer POC Group @ HYC
This is a closed group for any youth ages 14-18 LGBTQ+ youth of color to share space, stories, discussions, and community related to their experience in society as people of color. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.

Fridays, 7-9pm, Lesbian Friday Night Meet-Up
Open to lesbians, bisexual women and trans lesbians of all ages. First Friday is a discussion group. Second Friday offers interesting topics such as special presenters, documentaries, creative group participation activities. Third Friday is game night. Fifth Friday is going out for yogurt and playing games or having a discussion. More details about each Friday night can be found at the San Diego lesbian meetup group here: https://www.meetup.com/SanDiegoLesbianMeetup/.

Sundays, 1-3pm, Croquet at Balboa Park
Join The Center's 50 and Better Together program every Sunday at Balboa Park (6th and Balboa Drive) to play croquet! We will teach you how to play if you don't know how! For more information contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.607.9751 x205.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 9am, Food Bank 
The San Diego LGBT Community Center hosts a distribution site once a month for the Community Cares Project of the San Diego Food Bank. On the first Tuesday of every month, 9-10:30am, visit The Center's parking lot for distribution site. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org or contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or seniors@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 4 & Sept. 18, 6-7:30pm, YA+ Discussion Group
YA+ meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 6pm. It is a bilingual discussion and support group for young people who are HIV+. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at latinos@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x116.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 6:30pm, Transgender Name and Gender Marker Change Program
USD Pride Law is sponsoring the Transgender Name and Gender Marker Change Program to provide legal assistance to trans* individuals seeking name and gender-marker changes through the San Diego County court system. Law students and attorney volunteers will assist eligible clients in completing the requisite applications and navigating the process of obtaining a name and/or gender marker change. Appointments are available at The Center on the first Tuesday of each month. To schedule an appointment email Helen at transclinic.sandiego@gmail.com.

Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 7-8:30pm, The Michael Dillon Society
The Michael Dillon Society is a Trans Male social group that meets monthly. This is a space for trans-men to socialize and have a good time. Food and drinks will be provided. This group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Project TRANS at The Center at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6-8:30pm, Guys, Games & Grub
Everyone is welcome to The Center on the first Wednesday evening of each month for GGG! The popular board game and social night, presented by Men @ The Center, includes pizza, snacks, beer, wine, soft drinks, and hundreds of board games to choose from. Participants are welcome to come alone and meet new friends, or come with a group for a fun evening out. The popular Team Trivia game is hosted by John Lockhart and everyone is welcome to drop in. Suggested donation of $5 is requested for admission. For more information contact Ben Cartwright at outreach@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x106.

Wednesday, Sept. 5 & Sept. 19, 6:30-7:30pm, TransParents
NEW at The Center! Are you a parent or guardian of a transgender or gender non conforming youth? This is a brave space to find community and discuss how to lovingly support your youth! Join us at The Center with our volunteer facilitator, Kathryn! This group meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Tiana at tvargas@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x212.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 12-1pm, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
This group of senior community members provides input on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center. These meetings are for anyone interested in our senior services program and activities. First Thursday of the month. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Thursday, Sept. 6 & Sept. 20, 7:30-8:45pm, Non-Binary Gender Identity and Exploration
Anyone who identifies with any part of the non-binary gender spectrum or anyone questioning/exploring their gender identity is welcome to join this discussion group. Facilitators bring topics of discussion while leaving plenty of space for group members to steer the conversation where they would like it to go. This group also serves as a social gathering space for non-binary individuals. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays monthly, from 7:30-8:45pm at The Center. For more information, contact David Vance at dvance@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 & Sept. 25, 6:30-8pm, Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
A group for all GBT individuals interested in knowing more about Prostate Cancer, getting assistance on fighting it, or how to prevent it. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Wednesday, Sept. 12 & Sept. 26, 12-1pm, Diamonds in the Rough
This is a therapist-lead support group for transgender women and transfeminine individuals, topics vary. Group is closed format and a referral and meeting with group facilitator is required prior to joining. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Contact Paty 619.692.2077 x208 for more information or email onduty@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 12 & Sept. 26, 7-8:30pm, FTM/Trans Male Support Group
Support group for male-identified, questioning or self-identifying on the male spectrum folks who were assigned female at birth. Significant others are invited on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Trans Allies join the group on the 4th Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact us at trans@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 12 noon, HIV+ Seniors Discussion Group
The CDC estimates that over one-quarter of all HIV/AIDS patients are over 50 years old. If you are 50 years or better and living with HIV, then this discussion group is just for you!  Discuss the topics that interest you most. Discover how to feel your best. Socialize with others who can relate. Join us for this lively discussion group to connect, to learn, and to have fun. This group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at noon. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Thursday, Sept. 13 & Sept. 27, 9:30-11:30am, Free Legal Clinic
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law, holds legal clinics the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:30am to 11:30am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 619.692.2077.

Thursday, Sept. 13 & Sept. 27, 7pm, Young Women's Circle
Aimed at LGBTQ+ women ages 18-30's, this group hopes to provide a safe, open space for building community in San Diego. Gatherings are held every Thursday from 7-8:30pm. On 2nd and 4th Thursdays, meetings are located at The Center, and on 1st and 3rd Thursdays they are held off-site. For the most up to date information on off-site meetings, please visit us at: www.facebook.com/SDLGBTYoungWomen/, or reach out to the moderators at: sdlgbtyoungwomen@gmail.com or women@thecentersd.org.

Friday, Sept. 14, 6-8:30pm, Trans Game Night
NEW at The Center! Join us for a night of laughs, fun, and unforgettable memories at our new monthly Transgender Game Night! All ages welcome. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase. Second Friday of every month. For more information, contact Project TRANS at The Center at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7-8:30pm, Bi Coming Out Group
Join The Center's discussion group on bisexuality from 7-8:30pm on the third Wednesday of every month. It's a welcoming space to share your experiences, ask questions, discuss community issues and meet like-minded people. This group is open to all persons who are sexually and/or emotionally attracted to more than one gender. For more information, contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 6-7:30pm, LGBT Military Support Group
Fleet and Family Support Services and AMPA's LGBT Military Support Group is open to all LGBT Active Duty Service Members and their families. Fleet and Family Support Services and AMPA's LGBT Military Support Group is open to all LGBT Active Duty Service Members and their families. Third Thursdays of the month. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.545.3615 or caroline.bender@navy.mil.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1pm, Senior Food Bank
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Eligible applicants can enroll in the program by applying in person at our site on the day of the event or call the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at 866.350.3663.  For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:30pm, Young Men's Discussion Group
Activity, discussion and social group for young men, ages 18-34, to connect, socialize, network and make friends. The group addresses relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. Fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.



Free HIV & Hep CTesting at The Center

Along with the OraQuick HIV Rapid Antibody test, The Center also offers the UCSD Early Test, Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm), and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The Early Test is a specialized viral load test that can detect acute (very early stage) HIV infection as soon as one week after potential exposure. HCV (Hepatitis C) Rapid Antibody testing is also available every day. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101 or visit events.thecentersd.org/BTG.

Undetectable = Untransmittable.

“We can now say with confidence that if you are taking HIV medication as prescribed, and have had an undetectable viral load for over six months, you cannot pass on HIV with or without a condom. The risk is effectively zero." Learn more.


PEP - (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Another tool in the tool box against HIV

ACCIDENTS HAPPEN!
If you think you've been exposed, head to any emergency room or urgent care center and ask for PEP within 3 days! PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) can prevent HIV from making copies of itself and turning into infection if taken within 72 hours.

PrEP - Get Educated

"I think it's time we face the truth about the unjust world we live in," she said. "The truth is we have every tool we need to prevent the spread of HIV...The real reason we haven't beaten this epidemic boils down to one simple fact: We value some lives more than others. We value men more than women. Straight love more than gay love. White skin more than black skin. The rich more than the poor. Adults more than adolescents. I know this because AIDS does not discriminate on its own.” READ MORE...

Ready for PrEP? Or have questions about getting on PrEP? Check out our list of San Diego medical professionals who provide PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis). We recommend that you call before making an appointment to confirm details such as insurance coverage. Know a provider who should be added to this list? Contact us at outreach@thecentersd.org. View the list here.

What is TasP?

Treatment as prevention (TasP) refers to HIV prevention methods that use antiretroviral treatment (ART) to decrease the risk of HIV transmission. Read Prizila's story and join us to #BeTheGeneration that ends new HIV infections.

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Community Events

Saturday, Oct. 6, 7pm, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Presents "Americans All!" Concert
Join the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble on Saturday, Oct. 6 for "Americans All!" concert featuring music marking the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Learn more at www.hillcrestwindensemble.com.

Getting to Zero
Checkout out The County of San Diego's "Getting to Zero" report here: http://www.sdplanning.org/downloads/reports/. Together we will #BeTheGeneration that ends new HIV infections in San Diego.

Report School Bullying!
San Diego Unified School District has a new online bullying reporting system. Search "bullying" on your school's website or visit the link at https://www.sandiegounified.org/forms/online-bullying-reporting-form.

LGBT-Affirming Senior Housing Development
Looking for more information about the new senior housing development? Watch the video at https://youtu.be/Mt22ek06q0A, then visit the FAQ page at http://chworks.org/real-estate-development/current-projects/north-park-seniors. For more information contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

ACLU: Know Your Rights
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