Chicas Trans Program and Integrated HIV Services for LGBTQI Latinos

Instituto Familiar de la Raza established the first Latino/Chicano-specific HIV program in San Francisco in 1985 called Sí a la Vida. Today Sí a la Vida provides integrated, culturally-based HIV services and is committed to reducing the number of new cases of HIV in the San Francisco Latino community, increasing access to health and social services for both HIV-negative and positive clients, and reducing the stigma associated with HIV status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Population of focus

HIV-negative and positive, LGBTQI adults in San Francisco, CA

About Chicas Trans Program

The charlas (interactive groups) are open to transgender/transsexual women, and those who are in the process of gender transition. The group offers a safe space to increase social connections and support, learn about risk reduction practices, employment, and social and legal issues. Chicas Trans groups are held monthly at the Prevention Center, and weekly at the San Francisco County Jail.

Other programs

  • One-on-One Sexual Health/HIV Education: This group is open to gay and bisexual men, men who have sex with men, and transwomen. This service assists individuals to address factors that place them at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Rapid HIV Testing –On Demand: Free confidential HIV testing is provided to gay and bisexual men, men who have sex with men, and transwomen.
  • ACA Entre Nos (Prevention with Positives): Individual and group services are available for HIV-positive gay and bisexual men, men who have sex with men, and transwomen to engage in care, develop safer sexual practices, and improve their quality of life. Groups utilize a model utilizing art-making, community-building, and accessing services.
  • Community PROMISE: Promotes judgment-free, sex-positive messages and multimedia materials to increase HIV testing and safer sex practices.
  • HIV Case Management: Open to HIV-positive Latino of all ages, sexual orientations and gender identities, HIV case management provides clients with an assessment of medical, mental health, and practical needs. Ongoing assistance is providing to help clients prepare and adhere to a treatment and coordinating health services. Clients must be San Francisco residents, low income, and uninsured or underinsured.
  • Feroz: A group for English-speaking, gay/bi, bicurious Latino men. It’s a supportive and judgment-free space to discuss how to enjoy a healthy life, including sexuality and substance use.
  • Circulo de Amigos/Circle of Friends (HIV+): A support group for HIV positive Latinos(as) who use substances or want support with their recovery. Open to all sexual orientation and gender identities. Facilitated by a trained counselor.
  • Noche Social/Social Night: A chance for gay/bisexual Latino men to make new friends, feel connected to the community and share or learn useful prevention and sex tips.
  • HIV Outpatient Mental Health Services: Services include individual and group psychotherapy and substance abuse counseling . Services assist clients improve daily functioning and improve medical incomes. Psychiatric evaluation and medication management services are also available. Clients must be San Francisco residents, low income, and uninsured or underinsured.

Contact

2919 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 229-0500
http://ifrsf.org/programs/si-a-la-vida/