Vida/SIDA is pleased to announce the relaunch of Generation L

Vida/SIDA is pleased to announce the relaunch of Generation L

by Gustavo Varela
We are happy to be relaunching Generation L, our Mpowerment program for LGBTQ youth, as part of a new grant we received, the L-Act. We will be having our first safer sex workshop of the new fiscal year on Wednesday March 30th, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm at the L-ACT office located at 2736 W. Division St.All youth are welcomed to attend the workshop but only those who qualify will receive the $20 Target gift cards as incentive for attending. In order to qualify, the youth must be between the ages of 13 through 24, gay or bisexual man, or a transgender woman, and must identify as Latino/a. This is intended to be a fun workshop that is youth friendly in a safe space.
Any questions contact Gustavo Varela or Pedro Mercado at Vida/SIDA or call 773-278-6737
Collaboration, not Segregation, for Fortification and Integration

Collaboration, not Segregation, for Fortification and Integration

by Anthony DeJesús, Integrated Paseo, PRCC

United and undivided is what is necessary for minority communities to prosper, flourish, and succeed. There are many afflictions that affect minority communities in this day and age. The prevalence of theHuman Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is one, substance abuse another, and the lack of hope for a better future. There are programs that exist for the purpose of helping individuals overcome these adversities. Integrated PASEO, A Puerto Rican Cultural Center program, is such a program. Integrated PASEO visited Rincon Family Services to provide free HIV and Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV) screening, testing, and referrals for treatment as well as prevention, education, and care services. The Integrated PASEO program collaborates with many communities and organizations to increase awareness and provide services.
Another collaboration, in which Integrated PASEO participates, is with the Garfield Park Community Center on weekdays, Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Through this collaboration, individuals can receive free HIV and HCV testing and screening, free harm reduction kits, free female and male condoms, and free packages of lubrication.

Integrated PASEO is housed at Norwegian American Hospital. Every weekday, Monday through Fridayat anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Integrated PASEO offers FREE testing to individuals for HIV, HCV, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s). For those who screen positive, a FREE referral is made for treatment; any individual who screens positive for substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are allowed to participate in the FREE “Seeking Safety” Counseling Program.

A Counseling Office to Call Home

A Counseling Office to Call Home

by Anthony De Jesús, Integrated Paseo

Addiction is nothing short of a difficult road to travel. We all know someone who may drink too often, or who use drugs but want to quit. Our past is something that stays with us and some of us want to escape. Some people ‘self-medicate’ and use substances to escape the pain; others find ways to work through their troubles without substances but need help along the way. The “Seeking Safety” Counseling Program was created to help individuals in the face of adversity. It is geared towards helping individuals with co-occurring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and addictions overcome substance abuse and suppress triggers from PTSD. Any individual interested in participating will go through a screening process and, if they qualify, begin the “Seeking Safety” program.

Integrated PASEO offers FREE “Seeking Safety” counseling at the Norwegian American Hospital every weekday,Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Also at the Norwegian American Hospital every weekday, Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Integrated PASEO offers FREE testing to individuals for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV), and other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). For those who screen positive, a FREE referral is made for treatment; any individual who screens positive for substance abuse and PTSD are allowed to participate in the “Seeking Safety” program. Or stop by the Garfield Park Community Center location on any weekday,Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, to receive free HIV and HCV testing and screening, free harm reduction kits, free female and male condoms, and free packages of lubrication.
VidaSIDA represents PRCC @ Creating Change Conference

VidaSIDA represents PRCC @ Creating Change Conference

by Pedro Mercado, VidaSIDA
This past weekend, PRCC-Vida/SIDA’s very own Pedro Mercado, Milani (Gustavo Varela), Maya Lozano, & Maritxa Vidal, were able to represent PRCC at the annual Creating Change Conference. Being the largest LGBTQ conference in the United states, Vida/SIDA was honored to work along with Union=Fuerza Latino Institute as a community partner. They spoke with community leaders from all across the country that attended the Conference. Dialogues took place regarding the work being implemented in the Latin@ Community of Chicago. By engaging in workshops, seminars, and plenaries, our staff will be able to implement new strategies to the programs at PRCC-Vida/SIDA. They were also able to network with other activists and have been invited to participate in other conferences and trainings. The conference is scheduled to take place next year in Philadelph