Notes From Delores...
Viral suppression means No Transmission
Thanks to medicines and medical progress, HIV today can be a manageable, chronic disease. Most infected people can live a normal, relatively healthy life as long as they are diagnosed early enough and take their HIV medication as prescribed. Today’s antiretroviral HIV drugs suppress the viral load – (they lower the amount of HIV virus circulating in the bloodstream) – to the extent that someone in appropriate and regular care who is taking medicines as prescribed is healthier and has almost no risk of infecting someone else. That’s a game-changer for all of the folks dating or in relationship to those with HV; and all of those who have spent so long afraid.
But, nationally and locally, only slightly over one-third of HIV-positive people reach the point of being and staying virally suppressed. Too few people have easy access to appropriate HIV care and medicines; and even amongst those who begin treatment –too few are able to stay in care – and thus are not able to reach or sustain viral suppression. This is particularly true in environments high in stigma/shame.
But we can make a difference in San Diego! People living with HIV/AIDS can receive medicines, care, respect and fair treatment. They have an illness that can be treated and doesn’t need to be transmitted. San Diego has incredible care available for HIV – but that care cannot be effective if we fail to focus on reducing fear and stigma, on regular HIV testing, and on getting/keeping all people in care. Education and information can make a huge difference – fear and stigma cripple us.
We can do this! We can reduce HIV/AIDS in San Diego! #bethegeneration
In the Know with Ian
After you participate at AIDS Walk & Run in 12 days there's no doubt you'll have worked up an appetite. For the first time we have official post walk dining locations. These restaurants will be donating a portion of their sales back to AIDS walk during breakfast, brunch and lunch on Saturday, Sept. 27. Thank you Uptown Tavern, Harvey Milks Diner and East. Coast Pizzeria for committing to 25% and Martinis Above Fourth committing to 50% of their sales. Make your reservations!
We all have a reason for getting tested.
We all have a reason for getting tested for HIV. What is your reason? The Center has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the Reasons campaign, which encourages people to get tested for HIV, provides resources for finding free, fast, and confidential HIV testing, and to encourage dialogue about testing by sharing reasons people test. The campaign is particularly focused on Latinos, which is the largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority in the United States. It is also one of the groups most heavily impacted by HIV, with gay and bisexual men being most severely affected by HIV. We all have a reason for getting tested for HIV. What's yours? Get tested. Join us by sharing the importance of getting an HIV test with your community, friends, and family and share tips on how to protect yourself from getting HIV. Click here to learn more: http://hivtest.cdc.gov/reasons/.
TJ Gaghan has made a huge impact as a volunteer with The Center in the seven short months he’s been with us. During that time, TJ has logged more than 120 hours of service in our Cyber Center and at our Front Desk, where he gets satisfaction out of helping others and providing information. “I receive services here and have time on my hands, so I became a volunteer to give back and have something to do – and it’s really helped me,” TJ says. TJ’s service and knack for taking the initiative has helped all of us, too. He’s currently hard at work on his own project of reorganizing Front Desk materials to make providing information and referrals even easier for his co-volunteers. Thanks, TJ!
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday (Yes, Saturday!), Sept. 27, 25th Annual AIDS Walk San Diego
Join us as we commemorate the 25th AIDS Walk & Run San Diego with a special weekend of events. There's a new Walk date – SATURDAY, September 27 – and new Walk/Run start and finish lines located in the heart of Hillcrest. Plus, special AIDS Walk events throughout the weekend of Sept. 27-28 honoring our community’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and standing up for those impacted by the disease. Register today at www.aidswalksd.org!
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Click on the links below to go directly to your favorite program newsletters. You can also find them on the program websites.
Family Matters Monthly Newsletter
Project TRANS Monthly Newsletter
50 and Better Together Monthly Newsletter
Women's Resource Center Monthly Newsletter
Monday, Sept. 15, 5:30 pm, LGBT Caregivers & Grief Support Group
Silverado Hospice offers this support group for those who are currently taking care of loved ones with a terminal illness, as well as those individuals who have recently faced a loss or death. Please contact Bryan McNutt with questions at 888.328.4558. The group meets on the first and third Mondays monthly at 5:30 pm in Group Room 2, just off The Center's lobby.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 pm, Young Women’s Discussion Group
Connect to The Center and the community. Join other 18-28 year olds to talk about relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The young women’s group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or email@example.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Facts About Hearing Loss
Did you know that 30 million Americans have some hearing loss? That’s 10% of the population. One in three Americans over 65 years of age have hearing loss. Dr. Kenneth Podlenski, Audiologist, will talk about how we hear, hearing with the brain, causes of hearing loss, hearing loss and its impacts on communication, benefits of treatment, barriers to treatment and more. For further information and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.692.2077 x205.
Program Activities: Youth, Seniors, Families, Men, Women, HIV Community and More
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Get Covered! Free Workshops on Health Coverage Through Covered California at The Center
Uninsured? Current health coverage cost too much? Questions about Covered California or the Affordable Care Act? Join us at The Center for one of our free workshops about obtaining affordable health coverage. Have your questions answered by The Center's Certified Covered California Outreach Educators and learn about personal and family coverage options. Come and learn more about your options in time for Open Enrollment. RSVP to Sarah Merk-Benitez at email@example.com or 619.692.2077 x213. A full list of workshops times and dates is posted on Facebook. ASL interpretation can be made available with 7 days advance notice. All workshops are free, open to the public and will take place at The Center, 3909 Centre St. Let us help you get healthy!
Yoga for Everyone, Mondays, 10 am
Yoga for Everyone meets at The Center on Mondays at 10 am. The class is open to participants of all levels, as well as newcomers. Personalized attention and plenty of options are featured to make sure you have a great yoga experience. Best of all, the class is free! For more information, contact Carolina Ramos at 619.692.2077 x116, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miércoles, 6:30 pm, 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 6:30 a 9:00 pm 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 Carolina Ramos, 619.692.2077 x116.
Thursdays, 12 noon, A Touch of Love Trans Support Group
Project TRANS invites you to join Miss Pepper Price every Thursday from noon to 1 pm for a daytime support group for Trans identified folks. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at email@example.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1 pm, Senior Food Bank
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older once a 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 further information, contact LaRue Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.692.2077 x205
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6:30 pm, Prostate Cancer Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
The prostate cancer group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 pm. For further information, please contact LaRue Fields at email@example.com or 619.692.2077 x205.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7:30 pm, Young Men’s Discussion Group
Connect to The Center and the community. Join other 18-35 year olds to talk about relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The young men’s group meets at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 12 noon, Diamonds in the Rough: Etiquette with Miss Pepper
Project TRANS invites you to join Miss Pepper Price every other Wednesday for a fun and informative class on etiquette designed especially for trans women. The group meets from 12 noon-1:30 pm in Latino Services. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at email@example.com or call 619.692.2077 x109.
Friday, Sept. 26, 10 am, Microsoft Word Basics
Computer classes are back! Join us in the Cyber Center from 10-11 am to learn the basics of Microsoft Word (2010/2013) such as creating, saving and retrieving documents, inserting and deleting text, formatting text, using cut, copy and paste, and more. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so firstname.lastname@example.org today to reserve your space.
Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:30 pm, Project Trans Ice Cream Social
Join Project Trans and A Touch of Love at The Center onfrom 6:30-8:30 to eat delicious ice cream and make fantastic new friends. For more information contact Connor Maddocks at email@example.com or 619.692.2077 x109.
Sunburst Youth Housing Project
The Center’s Youth Housing Project provides safe and supportive housing for homeless youth, ages 18-24. The 23-unit facility is located in downtown San Diego, close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities and other essential resources. A major goal of YHP is to ensure that youth have easy access to needed services that will support them in maintaining stable housing. For more information, contact Beth Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.692.2077 x125.
Behavioral Health Services & Counseling (English & Spanish)
The Center offers a wide range of counseling services through its Behavioral Health Services programs. Services include individual, couple/family and group counseling. Counseling services are also available for those struggling with same-sex relationship violence, transgender persons who need assistance with transition, for individuals, couples and families struggling with HIV/AIDS. To speak with an on-duty counselor or to sign up for counseling services, call 619.692.2077 x208, or email at email@example.com. For more information, visit www.thecentersd.org/programs/behavioral-health-services.
Give our Dining Out for Life© Restaurants Year-Round Love!
We’ve teamed up with 1App - a mobile app that makes it easy to visit the restaurants we partner with for our annual Dining Out for Life event. 1App is a local startup that empowers smartphone users to make decisions on where in San Diego to eat, shop and play based on their personal affiliations, memberships and lifestyles. Download 1App and activate the The Center San Diego Lens, and every time you reach for your phone to decide on where to eat, you’ll be able to see the business closest to you that has participated in Dining Out for Life. It’s a new opportunity for us to show some year-round love to the restaurants that make such huge contributions during our annual event. Download the app at http://bit.ly/TheCenterSD and activate the The Center San Diego Lens (located in the Support a Cause category of the app) today!