Vallarta Living | Community Services
|SETAC GLBT Community Center, Puerto Vallarta|
Providing Essential Services in Puerto Vallarta
In August 2009, the SETAC Community Center officially opened in a quiet area of Old Town Puerto Vallarta to provide essential services to the GLBT community, including physical and mental health treatment and referrals, education, and recreation, in a safe and discrimination free atmosphere.
Thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who have helped us help so many, the SETAC Community Center recently moved to Rio Santiago #174 in the El Fluvial neighborhood of Vallarta.
Scheduled to open soon, The SETAC drop-in center will be a place to be home away from home. A place to relax and read a book, talk to friends, use the Home Gym, Computers & WiFi...Need a kitchen? A shower? Help with a resume? Just ask!
For Me... For You... For Everyone
We are in many meeting places, bars, clubs & other establishments to distribute preventive devices such as condoms & lubricants to all sectors of the population, as well as brochures to help educate about the related dangers.
The SETAC Center supports people living with HIV through:
• Assistance with fees & laboratories not covered by Seguro Popular
• Transportation and lodging to patients who require CAPASITS
• Support with medication and/or supplements not covered by Seguro Popular
Breast milk is a potential transmitter for HIV. We support infants born to mothers living with HIV by providing milk substitutes for babies for up to 2 years, or more.
On Time, There's Time
By providing and encouraging readily available free testing, we help people living with HIV before they present symptoms, thereby reducing the spread of HIV.
Through an antiretroviral bank, we offer support to people who, for different reasons, do not receive their medication on time from health institutions. This service is also provided to foreigners who decide to extend their stay in Puerto Vallarta and do not have the necessary meds to do so.
SETAC Tomorrow... with your continued support
Our new larger location in Fluvial Vallarta will allow us to offer greater convenience and privacy to those we help, while expanding upon the services we currently provide.
Women Talking to Women
This new project aims to empower women as volunteer leaders and help them to talk with other women about HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Through ongoing business sponsorships, we plan to continue offering English classes free of charge for those who will benefit most.
Limited counseling services are currently offered in a group or private setting. We hope to expand upon availability.
We are currently seeking business or private sponsorship to offer medical clinic services at the center. This will allow us to offer care focused on the community we serve, where otherwise awkward questions can be addressed.
For more information about the SETAC Community Center and the services offered, please visit setac.com.mx or contact Paco Arjona at (322) 224-1974 or paco(at)setac.com.mx.
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Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS Supports SETAC
On Monday, January 16, the SETAC Community Center was honored by a visit from Mr. Tom Viola, the Director of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit, grant-making organization that year after year has supported SETAC's commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS in Vallarta.
Vallarta Pride 2017 to Support SETAC's Fight Against HIV
Banderas News Team
The Vallarta Pride organizing committee has prepared a renewed Gay Pride Festival with new proposals that they're sure you'll love, as in 2017 the event will support a social cause that is important to the community: prevention of HIV/AIDS through the distribution of the PrEP pill.
Dionisio Theater Group Performance to Support SETAC
Banderas News Team
Proceeds from Dionisio Theater Group's August 19 performance of 'La Ley del Ranchero' at Act II STAGES will be donated to the SETAC community center, which is dedicated to HIV education, detection, prevention and medical services in Puerto Vallarta and the greater Banderas Bay area.
Pulpito Drag Derby Doubles Fun, Attendance, Profits
Amapas Neighborhood Association
Thanks to many generous sponsors and great crowd participation, the third annual Pulpito Drag Derby, which kicked off the 2016 edition of Vallarta Pride, netted $50,200 pesos for street improvements and lighting in the Pulpito area, plus an additional $5,000 pesos for the SETAC Community Center.
'Semana Santa Protegida' to Distribute 50,000 Condoms
On March 24 and 25, Semana Santa Protegida booths will be set up on the Holiday Inn and Las Glorias Beaches, the Municipal Building in downtown Vallarta and at Plaza Lázaro Cardenas, where volunteers will be performing free HIV rapid tests and providing free condoms and STD information.
March 6 Pool Party at Hotel Mercurio to Support SETAC
On Sunday, March 6, Hotel Mercurio will be donating 50% of the total proceeds from their 'Beers, Boys & Burgers' party to SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's local community center and HIV/AIDS service nonprofit. The SETAC crew will also be there promoting their upcoming Duckaton 2016.
Seventh Annual 'Patoton' Fundraiser for SETAC Center
On March 9 from 7-11 pm you can have fun while supporting Puerto Vallarta's SETAC Community Center at the 2016 Duckaton on the Boana Torre Malibu's pool side terrace. You'll enjoy live music and entertainment, free food, an open bar, and great prizes - all for a good cause!
2015 SETAC Toy Drive for CAPASITS' Christmas Posada
SETAC is conducting a Toy Drive to benefit the children of families impacted by HIV/AIDS in Puerto Vallarta through Dec. 15. You can help put smiles on the faces of children who otherwise may not have a Christmas due to familial health challenges by donating a toy this year.
SETAC Community Center's Give Milk, Give Life Project
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. Baby Formula is being collected Nov. 16-30. Please donate!
SETAC Community Center's Baby Formula Donation Program
There is no greater joy for a woman than to have a healthy baby... especially an HIV-positive mother. These mothers are unable to feed their children for fear of passing on the virus that causes AIDS. SETAC's 'Amar es Gestar con Salud' program helps meet this need in Puerto Vallarta.
Daiquiri Dick's Supports SETAC's Give Milk Program
While the city celebrated Vallarta Pride 2015, Daiquiri Dick's Restaurant took the party one step further and decided to give back to the community. During the 9-day event, the restaurant raised $1500 pesos for the SETAC Center's 'Give Milk' program.
Daiquiri Dick's Supports SETAC with Vallarta Pride
This year's theme for Vallarta Pride is 'A Celebration of Unity,' so Daiquiri Dick's Restaurant will be participating by offering a refreshing cocktail as a special and donating a percentage of the proceeds to SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBT Community Center.
SETAC Opens La Casita for HIV Patients and Families
Banderas News Team
Although not yet furnished, the SETAC Community Center's 'La Casita,' a Community House in Puerto Vallarta for HIV patients, is partially operational and currently providing shelter to an entire family in need of emergency services.
In & Out of the Luchador Ring Raises $16,000 for SETAC
Banderas News Team
On March 21, Piñata PV Guest House owners David Tovar and Ronnie Lee, who are known for their community volunteer work, hosted a unique event to raise money for SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBT Center, and their two new community projects.
PV's LGBT Businesses & Friends Support the Community
Puerto Vallarta's LGBT businesses and friends have been busy giving back to the community in 2015. GAYPV Magazine gives us a summary of some of the things they've done to date, and some ongoing opportunities to give to those in need.
6th Annual SETAC Duckaton Bigger & Better Than Ever
Foot stomping, hand clapping, and outburst of cheers were ongoing throughout the 6th Annual Duckaton held on the poolside terrace of Boana Torre Malibu on February 25. The charity event raised about $120,000 pesos to help SETAC continue their fight against AIDS in Vallarta.
Dine for a Cause with Broadway Bares at Casa Cupula
By special arrangement with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organization of New York, Casa Cupula will screen their most recent Broadway Bares show 'Rock Hard,' on March 14 at Taste Restaurant. The dinner event will be to benefit SETAC, Vallarta's LGBT community center.
Sixth Annual 'Duckaton' Fundraiser for SETAC Center
Get ready for an unforgettable evening of fun, food and friendship at the 6th Annual 'Duckaton' Fundraiser for SETAC. Scheduled to take place on the poolside terrace of Boana Torre Malibu on Wednesday, February 25 from 7-11 pm, this community event gets bigger and better every year.
Hairspray Night Supports SETAC's Fight Against Aids
Get ready to be dazzled by outrageous hairstyles as 'Tu Centro Comunitario,' the SETAC Community Center, brings 'Hair Spray Night' back to Puerto Vallarta on November 8. This runway spectacular will support SETAC and their fight against HIV and AIDS in the Banderas Bay area.
SETAC Nominated for UdeG's Irene Robledo Award
Recognizing the vital social contribution that the SETAC Community Center's Brigadas por la Vida program is making in Puerto Vallarta and around Banderas Bay, the University of Guadalajara has nominated the non-profit organization for the 'Irene Robledo Presea' social services award.
SETAC Brigades for Life on the Move in Puerto Vallarta
With the majority of the population in Puerto Vallarta 'floating,' that is to say people come to work on a seasonal or non-permanent basis, the SETAC non-profit association has implemented the 'Movihilizándote' program to help find and treat people with HIV/AIDS and other STDs.
SETAC 'Brigades for Life' Receive Government Funding
SETAC's PROJ-2014-0111 'Movihlizandote de la Costa a la Bahía, Brigadas por la Vida' (Banderas Bay Area Movement for the Prevention of HIV, or 'Brigades for Life') program was recently approved and funded in the amount of $517,520.00 pesos by the Federal Government.
Semana Santa Protegida Dispenses 75,000 Condoms
Over the 4-day 'Semana Santa Protegida 2014' campaign, a total of 75,000 condoms, 2000 coupons for free HIV testing, 400 brochures with general information on HIV, and 1000 informational flyers in Spanish and English on the programs and services available, were distributed.
'Semana Santa Protegida' to Distribute 60,000 Condoms
From April 17-19, 'Semana Santa Protegida' booths at the Holiday Inn Beach, the Malecón, Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, Los Muertos Beach and Pier, Blue Chairs, and the bus station, will be giving away free condoms, HIV rapid test coupons and HIV and STD information, from 11 am to 5 pm.
$7,000 USD Raised for SETAC to Fight HIV/AIDS in PV
Over the last two weeks, Casa Cupula & Taste Restaurant have raised over $25,000 pesos for SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's Center for fighting HIV/AIDS. What is more, their friends at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS have generously donated another $5,000 USD to SETAC.
Taste Restaurant's 'Dine for a Cause' Supports SETAC
This week, Taste Restaurant at Casa Cupula is sponsoring 'Dine for a Cause' in support of Puerto Vallarta's SETAC Center and their fight against HIV/AIDS in our community. Through Monday, March 17th, 10% of all sales at the restaurant will be donated to SETAC.
5th Annual SETAC SETAC Duckaton 5 Raises $75,000
The Fifth Annual Duckaton fundraiser became the biggest and best to date, raising $75,000 pesos for SETAC Tu Centro Comunitario and their fight against AIDs in Puerto Vallarta. More than 250 people attended the charity bash, which featured live music, fabulous food, and great prizes.
Fifth Annual 'Duckaton' Fundraiser for SETAC Center
Join us for the 5th annual 'Duckaton' fundraising party supporting SETAC to be held Wednesday, Feb. 19th, on the poolside terrace of Boana Torre Malibu. You will enjoy an evening of live music and entertainment, free food, open bar, and great prizes - all for a good cause!
SETAC Ensures CAPASITS' Christmas Posada a Success
On Dec. 17th, SETAC once again sponsored a very special Christmas Posada for the children whose families have been affected by the HIV/AIDs pandemic. The fiesta was held at the CAPASITS clinic, and around 200 children showed up in hopes that Santa would bring them a present.
SETAC Center Opens a Second Office at DIF Headquarters
On December 5, 2013, Solidaridad Ed Thomas A.C. (SETAC), a non-profit association committed to the community's health and well being, opened a second office at DIF headquarters (in the old Regional Hospital) where they can attend to the needs of more people in Vallarta.
SETAC Vallarta 'Bike Ride for Life!' on World AIDS Day
On December 1st, SETAC is organizing the first 'Bike Ride for Life!' to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in Puerto Vallarta. Everyone is encouraged to hop on their bikes and meet at the Augustin Contreras Flores Sports Stadium Sports Stadium at 8 am to register for the ride.
SETAC Helps Sponsor Health Fair, Free HIV Screenings
As part of Mexico's 'National HIV Testing Day,' health officials will be conducting HIV rapid tests in public places throughout the state of Jalisco. SETAC will be one of the main sponsors of the free screenings here in Vallarta and urges anyone who may be at risk to attend.
SETAC Toy Drive for CAPASITS' Christmas Posada
Each year from Nov. 15th through Dec. 15th SETAC conducts a Toy Drive to benefit the children of families impacted by HIV/AIDS. You can help put smiles on the faces of children who otherwise may not have a Christmas due to the challenges their famalies are faced with.
SETAC Community Center Celebrates 4th Anniversary
The SETAC Community Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a local non-profit, is celebrating its fourth anniversary. They are having an open house on Tuesday, November 5th between 10 and 6 pm. It is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about their wide range of services.
Hairspray 2 Helps SETAC Fight Against Aids in Vallarta
Around 200 people were dazzled by the work of 11 local salons during the '2nd Annual Hair Spray Night' held at Sky Mandala earlier this month. This amazing runway spectacular raised just over $40,000 pesos for the SETAC Center and their fight against HIV and AIDS in Puerto Vallarta.
Hair Spray Night 2: Vallarta Hairdressers Against AIDS
Check out splashy fashion at Hair Spray Night 2 on October 4, 2013 at Mandala Sky Bar in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Starting at 8 pm, local beauty salons will be strutting their stuff at this annual charity event that supports the many community programs offered at the SETAC Center.
SETAC Brings 'Hair Spray Night' Back by Popular Demand
Get ready to be dazzled by imaginative hairstyle and outrageous fashions, as 'Tu Centro LGBT,' the SETAC Community Center, brings 'Hair Spray Night' back to SKY Mandala on October 4. This amazing runway spectacular will support SETAC and their fight against HIV and AIDS in Vallarta.
SETAC Hosts AIDS Healthcare Foundation Training
On July 18th and 19th the AIDS Healthcare Foundation - the world's largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare, research, prevention and education provider - trained twenty Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay area HIV health service providers and volunteers at the SETAC Community Center.
SETAC 'HIV Brigades' - Free HIV Testing July 13 & 20th
Banderas News Team
SETAC will host two 'HIV Brigades' in the Plaza Principal this month. On Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, July 20th, from 11 am to 5 pm, SETAC volunteers and staff will be in front of the old City Hall in downtown Puerto Vallarta providing free, instant, HIV testing for those interested.
SETAC's 1st Annual Gala Benefit for Babies at Risk
On March 19th at 6 pm, Encuentros Restaurant on the South side of Puerto Vallarta will host a 'Gala Benefit for Babies at Risk' to help provide formula to HIV positive mothers so they can feed their young children without the risk of infecting them with the virus.
4th Annual Duckaton Raises Over $60,000 for SETAC
The 4th annual Duckaton fundraiser, held last Wednesday at the Boana Torre Malibu condo-hotel, raised more than $60,000 for SETAC, the GLBT organization which hosted the event. Hundreds of local, national, and international donors and guests attended the gala event.
SETAC's First 'HIV Brigade' of 2013 a Huge Success
More than 90 men and women received free, confidential HIV testing and counseling last Saturday at the first of ten 'HIV Brigades' scheduled for 2013. Hosted by SETAC, the 'clinic' was set up in a complement of white tents erected in front of PV's famed arches on the Malecón.
4th Annual Duckaton Fundraiser for SETAC Center
On February 20 from 7-11 pm you can have fun while supporting Vallarta's SETAC GLBT Community Center at the 2013 Duckaton on the Boana Torre Malibu's pool-side terrace. You'll enjoy live music and entertainment, free food, an open bar, and great prizes - all for a good cause!
SETAC HIV Brigade Providing Free HIV Tests Feb 2
SETAC kicks off 2013 with the first of ten planned 'HIV Brigades' this year on Saturday, February 2nd, in front of the landmark arches of the Malecon. From 12 -7 pm, volunteers and the staff of SETAC will be providing free, instant, HIV testing for all those interested.
PV's 'Walk for Life' Celebrated World AIDS Day
On Saturday, December 1, Vallarta's first 'Walk for Life' began its march from Lazaro Cardenas Park, proceeded up the famed Malecón to Los Arcos, then back to the park. Over 150 men and women marched with solidarity, carrying candlelit torches in the early evening darkness.
SETAC Toy Drive for Posada at Capasits
Every year on Nov. 15th, SETAC starts their campaign to collect toys for the children of families affected by HIV/AIDS. We invite you to donate a toy for their Posada at Capasits (HIV Clinic.) You can deposit unwrapped toys in special boxes at area businesses through Dec. 15th.
SETAC Organizes 'Walk for Life!' Saturday
SETAC is organizing the 'Walk for Life' to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1st. This is the first organized walk to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS ever held in PV and is intended to bring people together to demonstrate solidarity and raise awareness about the pandemic.
Community Cares Fundraiser Raises $40,000
Last Sunday, the Puerto Vallarta Men's Choir and cast members of the The Rocky Horror Show entertained over 120 men and women at the Community Cares gala and dinner fundraiser benefiting SETAC and the PVMC. Held at the Bistro Balsamar, the event raised more than $40,000 pesos.
'Community Cares Gala' for SETAC & PVMC
On November 11, a 'Community Cares Gala' fundraising event will be held to benefit the SETAC Community Centre and the newly formed Puerto Vallarta Men's Choir. The Gala will be held at Bistro Balsamar at 6 pm with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and live performances.
Hairspray Night Raises $58,000 for SETAC
Around 400 people were dazzled by the work of 15 local salons at Sky Mandala during 'Hair Spray Night.' This amazing runway spectacular was a benefit for SETAC and their fight against HIV and AIDS in Puerto Vallarta.
Vallarta Hairdressers Against AIDS Event
The fight against AIDS needs many voices, which is why we invite you to be a part of 'Hairdressers Against AIDS' - an event that recognizes and appreciates the Puerto Vallarta stylists who have agreed to be the campaign's spokes persons - on Sept 29 at SKY Mandala Malecón.
'Brigade for Life' Marches On in Vallarta
On August 25, SETAC's second 'Brigade for Life' was held in El Pitillal, where a prevalence of women was noted. In addition to testing and counseling, the Brigade distributed 3500 condoms, 100 prevention brochures, 50 promotional coupons, and 300 'I Use Condoms' bracelets.
SETAC GLBT Community Center 'Brigades For Life'
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.
SETAC Center's Ongoing 'Got Milk' Project
The SETAC GLBT Community Center and the Puerto Vallarta CAPASIT clinic encourage the community to join their ongoing 'Give Milk' campaign, which is focused on helping HIV positive mothers feed their young children without the risk of infecting them with the virus.
2012 SETAC 'Semana Protegida' Campaign a Success
From April 5-7, volunteers from SETAC, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Puerto Vallarta Department of Public Health, Comusida, and the CAPASITS HIV clinic reached out to the community by distributing 25,000 free condoms and 300 vouchers for free rapid HIV testing.
SETAC Community Center's Got Milk Project
There is no greater joy for a woman than to have a healthy baby... especially an HIV-positive mother. These mothers are unable to feed their children for fear of passing on the virus that causes AIDS. The Mother's Got Milk Project helps meet this critical need in Puerto Vallarta.
3rd SETAC Duckaton Fundraiser a Success!
The 3rd Annual Duckaton Fundraising Party was a smashing success with more than 100 attendees enjoying entertainment, food & beverages, watching the go-go boys swim after 265 toy ducks, and waiting to see which of the fabulous prizes, donated by Vallarta businesses, they had won.
3rd Duckaton Fundraiser for SETAC Center
On February 29 from 7-11 pm you can have fun while supporting Vallarta's SETAC GLBT Community Center at the 2012 Duckaton on the Boana Torre Malibu's poolside terrace. You'll enjoy live music and entertainment, free food, an open bar and great prizes - all for a good cause!
Robin's Hoods at The Boutique Theater to Benefit SETAC
The Boutique Theater is opening their 2011 season at 8 pm on Wednesday, January 5th with a showing of Robin's Hoods to benefit the SETAC GLBT Community Center on Puerto Vallarta's south side. Written and directed by Karrie Sebryk, Robin's Hoods gives a hilarious musical twist to an old classic.
Party Boys Bring On the New Year
The balloons, music and lights for the new year are ready. Party Boys want to make Puerto Vallarta the number one event for the gay community to bring in the new year from December 29 through January 2.
The Spice Girls in Puerto Vallarta?
I wouldn't have believed it, if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. The Spice Girls, otherwise known as the Fab Five, performed at Paco's Ranch last Tuesday. They reunited for a special fund-raiser for SETAC, Vallarta's first ever - nay, Mexico's first ever - Community Centre for LGBT people.
Entre Pancho Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda - Reviewed
If you want to learn more about one of Mexico's most beloved historical figure, be sure to catch 'Entre Pancho Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda' (Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman) now playing at the Cecatur Auditorium in downtown Puerto Vallarta on June 17, 19, 21, 24 and 26th at 8:30 pm.
Entre Pancho Villa y La Mujer Desnuda at Cecatur
If you want to do something cultural this month, check out 'Entre Pancho Villa y La Mujer Desnuda' at the Cecatur Auditorium in downtown Puerto Vallarta on June 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24 and 26th at 8:30 pm. 50% of all tickets sold at the GLBT Center will be donated to the SETAC Community Center.
The Results Are In - Friendraiser Benefitting SETAC a Huge Success!
Nearly 100 gathered May 22nd and declared their support of SETAC, Vallarta's 'GLBT community center at Trattoria Michel, in Vallarta's beautiful Zona Romantica. Those in attendance shared a meal, heard about the Community Center's achievements, and the needs that SETAC was created to address.
SETAC Fundraiser at Trattoria Michel Features Live Music
When Vallartan resident Ed Thomas was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, he might have turned in his keys and closed his post office box. Instead, he chose to realize a personal dream. On May 22, a fundraiser will help support his efforts.
SETAC's Duckaton FUNdraiser
On February 24th, hundreds of yellow rubber duckies were cast into the pool at Torre Malibu, whereupon go-go boys in bikinis collected them in order to award prizes to the hundreds of supporters who attended a FUNdraiser for the SETAC GLBT Community Center in Puerto Vallarta.
Hans King at PV's SETAC Community Center
Internationally acclaimed physic medium and spiritual teacher Hans King will be making another appearance in Puerto Vallarta on January 3, 2010 at 7 pm to help raise funds for the SETAC Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.
An Open Invitation from SETAC on World AIDS Day
As part of the December 1st celebration here in Puerto Vallarta, World AIDS Day will be commemorated by The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Community Center SETAC, where qualified and certified English speaking counselors will be providing free rapid testing.
An Evening with Hans King at Abbey Hotel
Physic medium and spiritual teacher Hans King will be speaking at the Abbey Hotel, Pulpito 138 & Olas Altas on the south side of Puerto Vallarta, on Friday, December 4th at 7:30 pm.
SETAC Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center Opens in Puerto Vallarta
The SETAC Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Center has officially opened on the south side of Puerto Vallarta. To kick off events at the GLBT Center, the movie 'Jeffrey' will be playing on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 pm and Hans Christian King will be speaking on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm.
Gay A.A. Meetings in Puerto Vallarta
The Gay recovery community recently announced that the weekly Puerto Vallarta Open Gay AA Meetings have moved to the new S.E.T.A.C. (GBLT Community Center) at Constitution #427 in the Zona Romantica. The meeting schedules will remain the same: Sunday and Wednesday at 11 am.