Take Pride in Your Health
Services range from free HIV testing and safer sex supplies to assistance with Covered California/Medi-Cal enrollment and culturally responsive trainings.
Health Programs @ The Center
The Center strives to prevent new infections, especially among youth and high-risk groups. The Center offers free walk-in HIV and Hep C testing Monday-Friday, 12-4 p.m., at the Center. Appointments are recommended to avoid waiting. The Center also provides mobile testing throughout Sacramento and Yolo Counties at special events. Testing is free and quick. In as little as 20 minutes, community members will know their status. HIV/HCV testing and counseling is also available in Spanish.
In addition to free HIV testing, Center programs support those living with HIV, reduces stigma associated with HIV, improves access to culturally responsive health resources and improve health coverage rates in the LGBTQ community. Program options include:
Embrace community group provides HIV affected individuals with ongoing support and meets the 1st Saturday of each month, 6-9 p.m. Activities include a BBQs, potlucks, conversation and movies. The group also participates in yearly events outside the Center, such as white water rafting trips. E-mail Embrace to learn more.
All About PrEP
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), is a drug regimen for people who do not have HIV but who are at-risk of infection. Check out informational videos, cost details and prescribing providers.
Center Online Health Forum:
The Center’s online health forum seeks to connect LGBT people to accessible and medically accurate, health-focused information to empower and build aware and healthy community members. Join the discussion on our Facebook page.
In addition to in-person groups, the Center oversees our online form of support for HIV positive individuals with the Positives Around Sacramento Support Integrating Online Networking (PASSION) Project. We are here to connect and increase education for LGBTQ people living with HIV/AIDS to grow a community with communication, compassion, and affirming health and social resources. E-mail our health programs team for more information on this private and closed group.
The Center believes in building a healthier community by helping you navigate your options to ensure you and your family are protected from life’s “what-ifs” with health insurance. The Center offers the following:
Enrollment help with Covered California during the enrollment period. Click here to see if you qualify.
Coverage changes due to special life circumstances are available year-round. Click here to learn more about special enrollment.
Center counselors can also help with Medi-Cal enrollment, which is open year-round. Click here to see if you qualify for Medi-Cal.
The Don’t Think, Know test kit is a free and convenient way to get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea in the privacy and comfort of your home. Results can be obtained online or by phone within a week. The test kit can be mailed anywhere in Sacramento County.
Click here to order your test kit.
Our community continues to grieve as youth, adults and elders take their lives. Faced with exclusion from common rights, privileges and social acceptance, many people who identify as LGBTQ experience a sense of disconnection and even worthlessness.
The Center provides workshops for anyone who wishes to feel more ready, willing and able to help someone who is at risk of suicide through the use of the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). More than 1,000,000 caregivers have participated in these two-day interactive, practice-oriented workshops.
The following are additional suicide prevention resources: