Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Taking the tools of education and prevention of HIV - rapid tests, condoms, lubricants, brochures, prevention packages, etc. - directly to the people in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding communities is the purpose of SETAC Community Center's 'Brigades for Life' program.
"The work to reduce and to detect the cases of HIV must be constant and organized day-to-day with new strategies and campaigns, with more and more persons, groups and institutions involved with the same end goal," says Paco Arjona, Director of SETAC.
SETAC has organized a series of dates to take this execution of education and prevention outside of the community center and into key public spaces in Puerto Vallarta.
This past August 11 the first brigade carried their tools to Colonia Aurora. There were 57 tests performed, as well as a distribution of 6000 condoms, 50 tubes of lubrication of 60 grams, 200 coupons for testing, brochures and promotions.
"The people were very grateful and satisfied with the services," said the smiling and professional coordinator of SETAC's HIV program, Sergio Rebolledo.
The services are free, safe and reliable and provided in both English and Spanish. Look for the "brigades for life" at the following locations on these dates:
• Saturday, August 25 - Plaza Pitillal
• Saturday, September 22 - Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas
The purpose of the SETAC Puerto Vallarta Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Community Center, located at Constitucion #427 on the corner of Manuel Dieguez, is to provide essential services to the GLBT community, including support in recovery from alcoholism and other afflictions, physical and mental health treatment and referrals, education and recreation in an atmosphere of safety, free from discrimination. For more information, contact Paco Arjona at (322) 224-1974 or paco(at)setac.com.mx.
Click HERE to learn more about Centro Comunitario SETAC-GLBT.