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Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, A.C.
email this pageprint this pageemail usFighting against HIV in the Banderas Bay region

For more information about HIV, testing, counseling, and risk reduction programs in the Banderas Bay area, visit or call (322) 223-0535.
Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, A.C. (known as VES, or as Vallarta Confronts AIDS in English) is an essential partner in the fight against the HIV epidemic in the Banderas Bay region.

From their offices at Calle Hidalgo 457-1, as well as at health fairs held regularly throughout the area, the legally chartered non-profit provides free HIV testing and counseling, free condoms, risk reduction education and prevention programs, and referrals to medical and social services providers.

VES is an essential partner in the public/private HIV clinic that serves the region, known as CAPASITS (Centro Ambulatorio para la Prevención y Atención de SIDA e Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual.) Here, they provide the funding and personnel for essential patient counseling services, as well as laboratory analyses and medicines that are often not covered by public health care programs. They provide funds for clinic administrative and maintenance costs that are not covered by budgeted government funding.

The VES outreach staff frequently visits popular nightspots and locations such as public parks and plazas where sexual encounters are either arranged or frequent. Free condoms, counseling, and information are offered, without judgment, in an effort to raise awareness about HIV among vulnerable populations frequenting these locations.

It is the mission of VES to reduce the number of new cases of HIV infection; to assist persons and families already affected by HIV; and to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV disease. We believe that by encouraging widespread HIV testing, by educating the public, and by ensuring that all those in need of treatment service receive it, we can bring the epidemic under control in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding region, which currently reports the fourth highest number of HIV cases of any Mexican city.

For information, assistance, or to volunteer or donate, please see, send an email to contactos(at), call us at 52 (322) 223-0535, or stop by our offices at Calle Hidalgo #457, at the corner of Calle Mina in downtown Puerto Vallarta, during business hours.

Vocal Impressionist, Singer and Comedian Mark Alan Smith in Vallarta For Thanksgiving Week
Tracy Parks

Mingo Mexico Productions announces the Puerto Vallarta debut of vocal impressionist, singer and comedian Mark Alan Smith, performing live at Paco’s Ranch, in a three-night engagement during the US Thanksgiving week: November 24, 25 and 26, 2010 at 8 pm each night.

V.E.S. Needs Your Help
Paul D. Crist

The economy has hit us all very hard here in Puerto Vallarta, and Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, (Vallarta Confronts AIDS), V.E.S. is no exception. Won’t you help us to make a difference in the lives of people in Vallarta, who are living with HIV and affected by HIV/AIDS?

Immigration Equality Fundraiser at Hotel Mercurio
Paul D. Crist

On Sunday, February 28, 2010 from 7-10 pm, Hotel Mercurio on the south side of Puerto Vallarta will be hosting a fundraiser for Immigration Equality, a US organization advocating for equality under immigration law for LGBT and HIV+ individuals.

Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA A.C. Announces New Location and Staff
Paul Crist

Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, A.C. has recently moved to a new location. Located at Manuel M. Diéguez #387, at the corner of Aguacate in the Colonia Emiliano Zapata, VES continues to offer free, confidential HIV testing and professional counseling by appointment or walk-in.

V.E.S Semana Santa Report

Vallarta Enfrenta el Sida, A.C. (known as VES, or Vallarta Confronts Aids in English) was all over town during spring break. They had booths at Flamingos Beach and on the Malecon and conducted several activities to continue with their HIV risk reduction education and prevention programs.

V.E.S. Semana Santa Activities

During Semana Santa, Vallarta Enfrenta el Sida, A.C. (known as VES, or Vallarta Confronts AIDS in English) continues with their HIV risk reduction education and prevention programs.

bANANaCANtiNA - Together We CAN!

On Wednesday April 1st, the V.E.S. Condoneras took over Banana Cantina for their weekly charity benefit night. Be sure to stop by the restaurant on April 15th in support of The Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza, a non-profit shelter for Puerto Vallarta children under the age of 14.

VES Condoneras & FiFi de Niz - in STEREO
Ed Thomas

On Friday, March 27th, Ms. FiFi de Niz celebrated her first anniversary as the Emcee/entertainer at Club Stereo in Puerto Vallarta. She wanted to make it a night to remember, so she contacted V.E.S. and asked if they could put on a night for AIDS education and awareness.

V.E.S. Mobile Detection and Education Team Heads South
Ed Thomas

On March 24th, Vallarta Enfrenta el Sida, A.C. (V.E.S.), together with CAPASITS, the Aids Health Care Foundation and the Jalisco Health Department, joined forces to hold a health fair in the town of Tomatlán, Jalisco, organized by the local COMUSIDA.

V.E.S. Visits Marriott CasaMagna Resort
Ed Thomas

On February 17th and 18th, as part of their ongoing mission to test and educate as many people in the Banderas Bay area as possible, the V.E.S. HIV education and testing team held a health clinic at the Marriott CasaMagna in Marina Vallarta.

V.E.S. Condoneras Go Bananas!
Debbi Egan

Last Wednesday night, the V.E.S. Condoneras took over the restaurant, raising a total of $10,135 pesos for V.E.S. and CAPASITS. Don't miss the fun tonight, when Candace of Fishing with Caroline will host bANANaCANtiNA Charity Night for AutismO2.

CAPASITS in Need of HIV Specialist
Salvador Murguía

The public/private HIV clinic that serves the Banderas Bay region known as CAPASITS, (Centro Ambulatorio para la Prevención y Atención de SIDA e Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual,) is actively seeking a new STD and HIV specialist.

V.E.S. Mobile Detection Team Goes to Jail
Ed Thomas

Several members of a Puerto Vallarta non-profit organization, Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA (known as V.E.S., or Vallarta Confronts AIDS in English,) recently spent three long and grueling days in the Ixtapa jail.

Cause Plus Community Equals Collaboration for Puerto Vallarta
Mike Sole

Last Friday's Red Ribbon event at Club Mañana was a huge success with over 150 caring people having a great time while raising much needed money for VES, an essential partner in the fight against the HIV epidemic in the Banderas Bay region.

V.E.S. Red Ribbon Night at Club Mañana

Do not miss the charity event of the season this Friday, January 23rd, as Club Mañana hosts a charity benefit for Vallarta Enfrenta el Sida, MC'd by the one and only Cassandra with headliners Joanna, Mikki Prost and Diva, from 8-10 pm.

A Posada at the CAPASITS Clinic
Ed Thomas

Mickey Mouse, Dumbo and Mario the Clown joined Santa at the CAPASITS clinic on Friday, December 19th for a Christmas posada sponsored by V.E.S. that gave many local children a day filled with fun, joy, toys - and lots of goodies!

Yo Me Amo (I Love Me) Campaign by VES
Ed Thomas

The Yo Me Amo campaign started by V.E.S. in collaboration with CENSIDA (Centro Nacional para La Atencion Y Prevencion del Sida) and COESIDA (Consejo Estatal del Sida en Jalisco) will be 4 months in the works on December 1st - World Aids Day.

An Open Invitation from V.E.S. on World AIDS Day
Ed Thomas

Puerto Vallarta will commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1 with a march along the Malecón beginning at 8:30 am at Parque Hidalgo, followed by speeches by state and local dignitaries at Los Arcos and free rapid and confidential HIV testing in 3 locations.

A Very Busy Nine Days For V.E.S.
Ed Thomas

Handing out condoms at several Puerto Vallarta nightclubs on October 31st was just the beginning of a very busy nine days for the Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA team as they continue their fight against the HIV epidemic in the Banderas Bay region.

V.E.S. Goes to the Market
Ed Thomas

On October 17th the Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA Mobile Detection Unit held another V.E.S. health fair, this time at the 5 de diciembre Mercado. Thanks to a great job by all the volunteers and staff, they performed 58 HIV rapid detection tests.

Fighting HIV in the Banderas Bay Region
Ed Thomas

Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, A.C. (known as VES, or as Vallarta Confronts AIDS in English) continues to be an essential partner in the fight against the HIV epidemic in the Banderas Bay region. Learn what the VES team has been up to this week.

A Very Busy Week For the VES Team
Ed Thomas

It may be 'low season,' but Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA and CAPASITS have been working overtime providing free rapid HIV testing and public education at conferences and weekly mobile detection clinics in colonias throughout the Banderas Bay region.

An Inside Look at a V.E.S. Health Fair
Aaron Watson & Juan Ceja

Aaron Watson & Juan Ceja give us an inside look at the V.E.S. free rapid HIV testing in Colonia Aurora last week, and spoke to some of the peppy drag queens who came from Mexico City in their Condomóvil to help bring sexual education to the public.

An Amazing Week With V.E.S.
Ed Thomas

Last week I had the pleasure of volunteering at V.E.S. and I'm very grateful to have been asked to do my small part towards HIV education in the Banderas Bay area. If I'm lucky, they'll ask me to go to the next VES Health Fair on September 13th.

VES Launches HIV Prevention Project

After the formal launch of the CENSIDA-funded Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA HIV prevention project, V.E.S. President Paul Crist spoke to BanderasNews about what they are doing to reduce the number of new cases of HIV in Puerto Vallarta.

VES Receives Grant Funding from Mexican Government
Paul Crist

Thanks to a $500,000 pesos grant from the Mexican Government, VES is launching a comprehensive project aimed at stopping the spread of HIV in Puerto Vallarta and encouraging local residents to be tested and enter treatment when required.

VES Health Fair in Tomatlán a Success!
Paco Arjona

Thanks to the excellent coordination and work by Tomatlán COMUSIDA Coordinator Mrs. Estela Cortés and her team, a health fair sponsored by Vallarta Enfrenta el Sida, CAPASITS and the Jalisco Health Department on June 26th was quite a success.

Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA May Events
Paul Crist

This month, Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, a non-profit organization that provides education and prevention programs, counseling and support for those with HIV+ and their loved ones, is hosting several activities that you won't want to miss!

V.E.S. Free Health Fair at Remance Clinic
Paco Arjona

On Friday, April 4th, the Remance Clinic in Puerto Vallarta will be offering free medical testing and counseling for a broad range of medical conditions at a health fair presented by Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, CAPASITS, and COMUSIDA.

Puerto Vallarta Welcomes Gay Cruise Ship

Empresarios Gays de Puerto Vallarta together with Atlantis, the world's largest gay and lesbian first-class cruise, resort and tour company, are hosting a T-dance for Mexican Celebration Cruise passengers at Club Paco Paco on October 17, 2007.

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