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'Semana Santa Protegida' to Distribute 50,000 Condoms

March 18, 2016

Taking the tools of education and prevention of HIV directly to Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors is the purpose of the SETAC Community Center's annual Semana Santa Protegida campaign.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - SETAC 'Tu Centro Comunitario,' the AIDS Healthcare Foundation México and COESIDA Jalisco, in collaboration with CAPASITS and COMUSIDA are once again reaching out to Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors with their 2016 Semana Santa Protegida campaign.

The campaign's objective is to promote the use of condoms to prevent HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases through self-protection, and to spread the word that it is every individual's responsibility to protect themselves.

From 11 am to 6 pm on March 24 and 25th, Semana Santa Protegida booths will be set up on the Holiday Inn and Las Glorias Beaches, the Municipal Building in the Main Plaza of downtown Puerto Vallarta and at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, where volunteers will be distributing information on the HIV virus and other sexually transmitted diseases, giving away free condoms and lubricants, and performing free rapid tests for HIV and syphilis.

In the evenings, the "Night Brigade" will hit the nightclubs and bars on the Malecón and in the Romantic Zone to distribute condoms and coupons for free and confidential HIV testing that can be used at the SETAC Community Center, located at Constitución #427 and the corner of Manuel M. Diéguez on Vallarta's South Side, or in the offices of the other organizations that perform these tests.

The 2016 Semana Santa Protegida campaign aims to prevent HIV infections and other sexually transmitted diseases by distributing 50,000 condoms over the Easter holidays, and to detect people with HIV and Syphilis so that advice and counseling to prevent infections can be provided.

This community effort involves staff and volunteers from the various participating agencies, but more help is needed. If you would like to volunteer, call SETAC at (322) 224-1974 or send an email to contacto(at)

Starting Today, You Can Be a Hero

In their ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of HIV, the SETAC Community Center encourages the Puerto Vallarta community to join their 'Give Milk, Give Life' campaign, which helps HIV positive mothers feed their young children without the risk of infecting them with the virus.

If you would like to help SETAC make a difference in a child's life, all you have to do is to purchase some Nido Kinder, Nan Nan 2 and 3 baby formula (powdered milk) and drop it off at the SETAC Community Center, located at Constitucion #427 and the corner of Manuel Dieguez on the South side of Puerto Vallarta.

Those who are not in Puerto Vallarta but want to help can make a cash donation via No amount of help is too small, so please consider making a donation.

The purpose of the SETAC Community Center, located at Constitucion #427 and the corner of Manuel Dieguez on the South side of Puerto Vallarta, is to provide essential services to the community, including physical and mental health treatment, referrals, and education in an atmosphere of safety, free from discrimination. For more information, contact Ismael Mendoza at (322) 224-1974 or contacto(at)

Click HERE to learn more about the Centro Comunitario SETAC.