We are proud to have 2 of our staff, Nikki Calma and Niko Kowell attending the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa! They recently touched down and are reporting their daily experiences. Read about their first day in South Africa...
Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma - Associate Director
Behavioral Health and Community Programs
The moment I received news that I was selected to attend the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban, South Africa, it was a mixed bag of emotions. The conference is the largest for HIV/AIDS research in the world and is held in different countries. It is part of their mission to reach cities and countries ...
Check out this recent article from POZ Magazine, which highlights a few of our staff here at A&PI Wellness Center. https://www.poz.com/article/tale-two-cities
"We are living in a city where it takes one month of unemployment for someone to end up on the street,’ says Blair Turner, a nurse practitioner at San Francisco’s Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, a federally qualified health center in the city’s economically strained Tenderloin District. The center largely serves LGBT racial and ethnic minorities, with a strong emphasis on trans care.” – POZ, June 2016, A Tale Of Two Cities: New York City and San Francisco pave the way to ...
Join us for the 1st National Transgender HIV Testing Day on April 18, 2016. See the Miss TransformSF Empowerment Pageant and stay for the community lunch. Free and confidential HIV testing will be provided. We will also be honoring this day with an all-day event. See schedule below.
FREE & Confidential HIV Testing
Miss TransformSF Empowerment Pageant & Community Lunch
12:00pm- 1:30pm, Audre Lorde Room
Join us for lunch & watch our 1st Miss TransformSF Pageant! Brains & beauty comes together for a cause!
TransformSF is a citywide HIV testing and prevention initiative for the transgender community. TransformSF is a ...
But there’s another reason this event is so special to us. Our headliner, Aidan Park, is actually a former client of A&PI Wellness Center. Growing up wasn’t easy for Aidan. He emigrated from Korea when he was just 9 years old and landed in San Francisco’s Fillmore district, living in Section 8 housing with his grandmother. He didn’t speak any English at all and found it hard to connect with kids in school and the world around him. Self-expression became a minefield, further complicated by his fear of revealing his sexual identity.
Aidan found A&PI Wellness Center when he was just 16 years old. He was looking for a safe space to ...
See what we've accomplished in 2014 and 2015! View our annual report that highlights our progress, as well as inspiring stories from our agency and clients. View the annual report here
Looking for a place to shower? Lava Mae is here
Lava Mae is a mobile shower and sanitation service. We convert retired MUNI buses into bathrooms on wheels; each bus is equipped with two completely private facilities, each with a shower, toilet, sink, and changing area. Sign-ups are free and first-come-first-serve. Soap and towels are provided.
Lava Mae was founded in 2013 by Doniece Sandoval, after she passed a woman crying about how she'd never be clean. After researching shower availability for the homeless in SF (very, very limited), she was inspired by the food truck movement to try bathrooms on wheels, similar to the kitchens on wheels. ...
Come have fun in ways that matter. Join us for laughter, drinks, and food. Stay for amazing silent auction deals and friends. Build a bridge to health justice for our most vulnerable friends, family, and neighbors while sipping cocktails against the most beautiful vista in our City.
Listen to stories from people living with HIV and find out if you are a stigmatizer. Take a short quiz that includes tips and videos where you can see what people go through when living with HIV.
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Your support built this home. You make A&PI Wellness Center a place where over 3,000 people in our community and 466 people living with HIV can find a supportive family—a family they choose—every day of the year. But we’re growing and we need your help.
More people come to us every day needing to see doctors who understand LGBT health and HIV. More transgender women of color seek out safe spaces in our drop-in center. More young gay men of color reach out to us looking for support and compassion. We’re responding by building more physical exam rooms, counseling rooms, and safe spaces for the community you love.
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