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SETAC GLBT Community Center, Puerto Vallarta
Providing Essential Services in Puerto Vallarta

Centro Comunitario SETAC Puerto Vallarta • Calle Aldanaca 178 #4-A, corner of Viena • Colonia Versalles   Tel: (322) 224-1974 Email: paco(at) • Website:

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 Calle Aldanaca 178 #4-A on the corner of Viena in the Colonia Versalles neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta.

Drop-In Center
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.

Positive Living
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

Donate Milk
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.

S.O.S. Adherence:
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.

English Classes
Through ongoing business sponsorships, we plan to continue offering English classes free of charge for those who will benefit most.

Psychological Services
Limited counseling services are currently offered in a group or private setting. We hope to expand upon availability.

Walk-in Clinic
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 or contact Paco Arjona at (322) 224-1974 or paco(at)

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Learn About SETAC's New LGBTQ+ Primary Care Program
Robert M. Schley

SETAC Wellness Center is launching a new program that offers primary care services to the LGBTQ+ community in Puerto Vallarta. To introduce the program, an informational meeting will be held at Roberto's Restaurant on Saturday, August 3, from 4-6 pm - and everyone is invited!

Vallarta Mayor Recognizes LGBT Community Leaders
Lorena Sonrisas

The 2019 Vallarta Pride celebrations kicked off on Friday with an official National Day of the Fight Against Homophobia ceremony at City Hall, where Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña recognized LGBT community leaders for their contributions to the city's social and economic growth.

Win Fabulous Prizes Playing Vallarta Pride Adult Bingo
Marie Callan

As part of the 2019 Vallarta Pride celebrations, Nacho Daddy will welcome everyone's favorite 'Diva Loca,' Amy Armstrong, who, in addition to performing 3 shows, will be hosting a special edition of Adult Bingo on Tuesday, May 21 at 3:00 pm to benefit SETAC and PuRR Project.

May 24 Pulpito Drag Derby Part of 2019 Vallarta Pride
Robert M. Schley

Set to be held Friday, May 24, the Púlpito Drag Derby is one of the Vallarta Pride festival's most popular annual events. Part drag-fashion show, part kick-ass competition, part SETAC fundraiser, a shindig like this comes with a hefty price tag, so sponsors are needed to help cover the costs.

Amy Armstrong to Host Vallarta Pride Week Adult Bingo
Marilyn Khan

If you are going to be in Puerto Vallarta for Pride Week, join Amy Armstrong for an afternoon of fun and games at Nacho Daddy. On May 21, everybody's favorite 'Diva Loca' will host a special edition of Adult Bingo, to benefit two of her favorite NGOs - SETAC and PuRR Project.

'Hablemos de PrEP' Launched in Puerto Vallarta
Juan Carlos Fernández

Last week at the Almar Resort's Sky Bar, SETAC Director Francisco Javier Arjona presented the 'Let's talk about PrEP' campaign, which aims to educate the general population and promote awareness about the medical treatment available that helps prevent the transmission of HIV.

SETAC to Open New Office in Old Town Puerto Vallarta
Marie Callan

SETAC, a local community and wellness center whose mission is to reduce HIV and other STDs in the Banderas Bay area, will soon open a new office on the south side of Puerto Vallarta, thanks to Timothy Real Estate Group and their Fourth 'House Hunters International' charity event.

Red Ribbon Gala for SETAC Wellness Center a Success
Marie Callan

The 2018 Red Ribbon Gala to benefit SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBT Wellness Center, which was held at Mantamar Beach Club Dec. 5, was a huge success! The monies raised will be used to support SETAC's efforts to reduce HIV and other STDs in the Banderas Bay area.

Vallarta Chefs & Broadway Stars Unite for SETAC
Robert M. Schley

The Second Annual Red Ribbon Gala to benefit SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBT Wellness Center, will be held on Wednesday, December 5, at Mantamar Beach Club on Los Muertos Beach. Last year's event sold out, and we expect this year's Gala to sell out again, so get your tickets TODAY!

Stars will Shine at the 2018 Red Ribbon Gala for SETAC
Paco Arjona

SETAC event organizers are pleased to announce that Gavin Creel, Tony-award winning singer/actor, and Seth Rudetsky, Emmy-nominated comedy writer and afternoon deejay on the SiriusXM Broadway channel, will be entertaining the crowd at the December 5 Red Ribbon Gala.

SETAC Wellness Center Now Has STD Detection Equipment
Paco Arjona

With new equipment as part of the IMPREP project sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), SETAC opens its doors to a number of alternatives in detecting and treating sexually transmitted infections in an efficient and timely manner.

Celebrate El Día de Los Muertos at No Way José!
José Alfredo Gonzalez

There's no better place to celebrate El Día de Los Muertos than surrounded by your Mexican Family at 'Tu Casa en Vallarta,' where you'll enjoy a classic No Way José! fiesta that combines the delicious food of Mexico with music by the new Piel Canela and a Catrina costume contest.

SETAC Community Center Second Annual Red Ribbon Gala
Paco Arjona

Tickets are on sale for the Second Red Ribbon Gala to benefit SETAC, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit whose mission is to reduce HIV and other STDs in the Banderas Bay region through education, detection and prevention. Mantamar Beach Club will host this fundraising event on Dec. 5, 2018.

TREG's 4th House Hunters International Charity Event
Taniel Chemsian

On November 20, Vallarta's #1 Real Estate brokerage firm, Timothy Real Estate Group, will host The Disco Ball, their fourth 'House Hunters International' charity event benefiting two local charitable organizations - Asilo San Juan Diego Senior Center and SETAC Community Center.

PrEP Program Officially Launched in Puerto Vallarta

Thursday, September 13, 2018 was a historic day in Puerto Vallarta. It was on this day that the UN's PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) pilot program was officially launched in the Banderas Bay area and inaugurated at the S.E.T.A.C. LGBTQ Wellness Center in Colonia Versalles.

SETAC Community Center Now Has its Own Medical Office
Paco Arjona

A fully equipped medical office for patients requiring ambulatory care is now operating at SETAC, a non-profit organization and community center focused on the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in Puerto Vallarta and the greater Bandera

$208.204.81 mn for SETAC Breaks Oxxo 'Redondeo' Record
Banderas News Team

Thanks to the customers, cashiers and leaders of local OXXO stores, the $208,204.81 pesos collected for SETAC through the OXXO Redondeo (round up at checkout) Program was the largest amount of money ever amassed for a non-profit organization in the greater Puerto Vallarta region.

PrEP Program Begins at PV's SETAC Community Center
Ed Walsh

Mexico took a major step aimed at HIV prevention in late June, when a profilaxis pre-exposure program (PrEP) was launched in four cities. The SETAC Community Center in Puerto Vallarta is among the four PrEP sites in Mexico that will offer this powerful HIV prevention tool free of charge.

OXXO's 'Redondeo' Program Supports Vallarta's SETAC
Banderas News Team

Since its inception in 2002, OXXO's 'Redondeo' program (round up at checkout) has supported over 1,800 non-profit organizations in Mexico with over $750 million Pesos delivered to them. SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center, will be the beneficiary from May to July, 2018.

SETAC an Important Part of Vallarta Pride Celebration
Paco Ojeda

SETAC will contribute to this year's Vallarta Pride celebration through several events that, as in years past, will position Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center as the region's most important preventive organization focused on HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections.

'Semana Santa Brigade' Distributed 50,000 Free Condoms

Taking the tools of HIV education and prevention directly to the people in Puerto Vallarta is the purpose of SETAC's annual Semana Santa Brigade. During this year's campaign, held March 29-31, volunteers dispensed 50,000 condoms, 155 rapid HIV & 155 syphilis tests, free of charge.

SETAC Community Center Has a New Board of Directors
Paco Ojeda

SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center, recently announced changes on its board of directors that will allow the organization continuity of its mission: to reduce HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through education, detection and prevention.

SETAC Announces Semana Santa HIV Prevention Activities
Paco Ojeda

SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center, will implement a prevention and education strategy during Semana Santa, Mexico's Spring Break equivalent, with the goal of reducing HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections in Jalisco's Coastal Region and Banderas Bay.

Easter Bonnet Brunch at Casa Cupula to Benefit SETAC
Marie Callan

Do you have your Easter bonnet ready? If not, HOP TO IT! Casa Cupula's Easter Bonnet Brunch is an annual tradition in Puerto Vallarta, and the fifth edition is scheduled to take place at Taste Restaurant on Sunday, April 1 from 10 am to 2 pm. A portion of proceeds will benefit SETAC.

SETAC Community Center Receives Important Donation
Paco Ojeda

Puerto Vallarta's SETAC Community Center recently received a donation of $180,140 pesos from the organizers of Beef Dip. The funds will be used to further fulfill SETAC's mission to eradicate HIV and other STDs among the LGBTQ community in the Banderas Bay area.

SETAC Hosts International Condom Day Activities
Paco Ojeda

International Condom Day has been celebrated on February 14 since 2009, thanks to an initiative proposed by AIDS Healthcare Foundation. SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's HIV/AIDS Community Center, will commemorate Int'l Condom Day with a series of activities on February 12, 14 & 15.

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