Sexual Health Programs

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Sexual Health Programs2019-07-08T16:35:38-07:00

Creating a region where LGBTQ+ people thrive means supporting you health and wellness. Knowing your status and understanding prevention strategies that work are the keys to protecting yourself, your partner, and your community.

HIV/STI Testing: We offer free and confidential HIVV/HCV counseling and testing on-site and throughout the region with our Mobile Testing Unity. If you test positive, we will assist in linking you to a care with LGBTQ+ affirming medical providers regardless of insurance or income status.

PrEP Navigation: Community members whose results are negative are provided information on prevention strategies including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a highly effective once daily pill that prevents HIV. A PrEP Navigator can connect you to an affirming physician and help gain access to the medication regardless of insurance or income status.

Partner Services: Staff are certified to provide partner services for people living with HIV/AIDS to assist in the disclosure of their status to their partner(s). We also encourage partner(s) to be tested and learn how to stay health with their partner(s).

Free Barriers: You can pick up free insertive and receptive condoms, lube, and dental dams at the center, the the Q-Spot, and at outreach events in the community or you can order barriers for discrete mail delivery via the Prophylaxis Parcel Project (P3) on our website.

Sexual Health Education: We provide LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual health education in our youth and adult programs and in partnership with other service providers in the community.

Living with HIV Support: Community resource advocates who care will listen intently and strive to help you find whatever affirming resources you need, whether you are looking for mental and physical health professionals, housing, social services, legal aid, or other support programs. We also offer support activities for people living with HIV.

Provider education & Advocacy: Center staff provide education for healthcare providers on how to have culturally affirming conversations about gender specific needs and sexual practices with the LGBTQ+ community members in order to improve patient care and we can share strategies with patients on how to advocate for themselves in healthcare settings.

This program is funded in part by the CARES Foundation, Gilead Sciences, the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services through voter approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), and private community donors. 

E-mail our health team to request services.

TestSuppliesKnowing your status is key to stopping the spread of HIV.

The Center strives to prevent new infections, especially among youth and high-risk groups. The Center offers free HIV and HEP C testing Monday-Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Please email our health programs team below or call (916) 442-0185 to schedule an appointment.

The Center offers mobile HIV and HCV testing at various health fairs and community events throughout Sacramento and Yolo Counties. Health staff can also provide LGBTQ+ sexual health education throughout the greater Sacramento area.

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 improves health coverage rates in the LGBTQ+ community. Program options include:

Embrace:
Embrace community group provides HIV affected individuals with ongoing support. Activities include a BBQs, potlucks, conversation, and movies. The group also participates in yearly events outside the Center, such as white water rafting trips.

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. The Center also provides community referral information for PreP Navigation. E

Check out informational videos, cost details and prescribing providers.

Partner Services Counseling: Health staff certified to provide partner services education and information for people living with HIV/AIDS to assist in the disclosure of their status to their partner(s). Staff also encourages partner(s) to obtain testing, and provide education about HIV/AIDS to friends, family, and community.

Positive Prevention & Education: People Living with HIV/AIDS can educate from their personal experiences to help reduce the stigma, fear, and ignorance surrounding HIV/AIDS. By being equipped with the most up-to-date information we can further educate our peers and communities about testing, prevention, and education. Health staff can work one-on-one or in groups with people who wish to become a peer educator in the community.

The Don’t Think, Know test kit is a free and convenient way for anyone with a uterus 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.

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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: