Hey hey! I hope everyone is enjoying their day regardless of the date you see this event description! If you’re not!? then look forward to coming to this upcoming “In the Mood” event!

This will be a time to catch up with some of your friends and to meet new people who you might become best friends with! Who knows maybe partners in crime, travel buddy etc. you NEVER KNOW! Lets talk about sex, encounters, ourselves (if you’re comfortable), and whole lot more! Lets get real.

We will be providing FREE food and non alcoholic beverages (although if you’re 21 & older, I think we can brew something up for after) Have I mentioned we have a great relationship with Hydrate Nightclub??

Lets also get straight to the point and let you know that we ALSO have an incentive for those who qualify! An awesome goody bag (valued at $60, including a $20 TARGET gift card) You just have to be 13-24 yrs old 🙂 not in that age range??? You will still get the goody bag just no gift card! 🙁 BUT It’s still worth it. (Trust me)

If you have any questions or need directions! Shoot us a message and we will message you back!




Did you know that each week, 40-50 Illinoisans become infected with HIV? I believe that all families and individuals affected by HIV deserve access to care and you can help me ensure this by participating in the 2015 AIDS Run and Walk. 90% of the funds that we raise collectively for Team Vida/SIDA’s Life Savers will be given back us to facilitate programs and improve services access in our community.

I need you to be part of team Vida/SIDA’s Life Savers this year which is on October 1, 2016

The online registration for the 2016 AIDS Run and Walk is open and I need you to register.

Our team Vida/SIDA’s Life Savers is live and I am feeling pretty lonely there since I’m the only one that has registered so far.

Register at your earliest convenience and start fundraising!  The following is the link to register:




After you click the website link above, click the tab labeled REGISTER, then search for team Vida/SIDA’s Life Savers and follow the rest of the registration instructions.
If you need assistance, please make contact with Carlos Fragoso at: 773-227-7794 or e-mail Carlos at;
Vida/SIDA learns about Self-Care and Social Media

Vida/SIDA learns about Self-Care and Social Media

by Kevin Garcia, Program Coordinator for UIC Integrated PASEO

Last week on July 19th and 20th, Vida/SIDA was able to partake in a two day workshop that was provided by the National Community Health Partners (NCHP). Michael Sandoval, who was the instructor for the workshop, gave a lot information and feedback regarding how to care for oneself in and out of the community health workplace. He delved into how to handle stress and to balance professional work with personal life. The following day, Sandoval discussed how to use social media as a tool for the community and how to become more familiar with it. He mentioned how social media could help learn about certain “lingo” communities use or other things that would be considered the norm. Employees from Vida/SIDA responded well to the workshops and were engaged with asking good questions and participating in all the activities. Paisley Williams, Program Coordinator for Vida/SIDA and the person in charge of making this workshop happen, hopes to continue workshops like this in the future and hopes all other staff from the Puerto Rican Cultural Center will participate.
Orlando victims honored at  Puerto Rican People’s Parade

Orlando victims honored at Puerto Rican People’s Parade

by Carrie Maxwell and Matt Simonette, Windy City Times

Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Vida/SIDA ( PRCC-Vida/SIDA ) honored the victims of the massacre at the LGBTQ Pulse Orlando Night Club & Ultra Lounge at the Puerto Rican People’s Parade, June 18 in Humboldt Park.

Vida/SIDA marched behind a float carrying this year’s Paseo Boricua Cacica Queen, Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Fontaine, a former Ru Paul Drag Race contestant, was crowned by PRCC-Vida/SIDA at the organization’s 9th annual coronation ceremony the previous evening.
Openly gay 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Democratic state Senate candidate Omar Aquino and Chicago Commission on Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega were among the 100 people marching with Vida/SIDA’s contingent. They carried pictures of a number of the Puerto Rican victims of the Orlando massacre and chanted “Orlando” as they marched down Division Street.
“We’re here today in unity and solidarity in expressing our love and support for the victims of the Orlando massacre,” said Ramirez-Rosa. “Twenty-three of the victims were Puerto Rican and I think it’s important to understand the majority of hate crimes committed against the LGBTQ community target people of color. In the face of this tragedy we aren’t going to allow our community to be divided, nor the victims to be forgotten.”
Photo by Carrie Maxwell
Parade participants remember Orlando
According to estimates, about 90 percent of the victims in the mass slaying at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando were Latino. Twenty-three of those murdered were Puerto Rican.
Juan Calderon, chief operating officer of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago was blunt in saying, “We’ve never seen such a massacre.”
Previous to Orlando, the worst massacre in Puerto Rican history, following Spanish imperial rule, took place in Ponce in March, 1937, when 19 protestors and two policemen were killed in a rally that left 200 wounded.
“When you look at the deaths in Orlando, it is a larger number,” Calderon said.
“This was something we could not ignore,” added Roberto Sanabria, who sits on the board of the Cultural Center.