We transform lives by advancing health, wellness, and equality for people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and immigration statuses. We believe everyone deserves to be healthy and needs access to the highest quality health care. At A&PI Wellness Center, health care is grounded in social justice.
HIV PREVENTION UPDATE
CAN WE BAREBACK WITH PRIDE?
We’re sliding into Pride season by debuting a hot, new workshop, GIVE IT TO ME RAW: Barebacking 101.
Presented by and for gay and bisexual men, the workshop provides the latest information on how to navigate your sexual health in a new era of HIV prevention. Condoms are no longer the only prevention option for sexually active, responsible individuals, but people still need all the facts to have healthy sex lives.
“We’re in the middle of a cultural shift with the availability of new HIV prevention science like PEP, PrEP, and HIV+ undetectable status,” says Danny Nguyen, workshop facilitator and men’s program specialist at A&PI Wellness Center. “People need to know there are still risks for other STIs, but we want to challenge the stigma of condomless sex. It’s not always ‘reckless’ or ‘unsafe’ if it’s an informed personal choice.”
The workshop features a moderated panel discussion with men currently using PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), or in sero-discordant relationships (where one partner is living with HIV and the other is not). Special guest Adam Zeboski, the creator of the controversial #truvadawhore campaign most recently featured in The New York Times and Out Magazine, will also speak.
"A lot of guys are hearing about these changes and are asking questions,” says John Guigayoma, health promotions manager and workshop panelist. “We want to help them have the sex lives they want while keeping them and their partners healthy and happy."
June 21, Saturday
10AM - 2:30PM
Free lunch provided OPEN TO EVERYONE
In April, Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma was honored as one of this year's Trans 100! The Trans 100 recognizes trans activists, artists, organizers and educators who are working with and having a positive impact on the nation's trans community. Nikki was recognized for her contributions and work as program supervisor for TRANS:THRIVE, our transgender drop-in center, fighting HIV, and creating opportunity for the City's trans community. Nikki has been working with both the Asian & Pacific Islander and transgender communities since 1994, and at A&PI Wellness Center since 1998. She has tirelessly coordinated the agency's Pride Pavilion and Stage every June and will host this year's BLOOM.
Read more about Nikki's accomplishments and see the rest of this year's honorees, visit the Trans 100 website.
CONGRATULATIONS CECILIA CHUNG
Cecilia Chung Named Woman of the Year
Last week, Cecilia Chung was honored as “Woman of the Year” in the California State Assembly for her leadership on civil rights, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT equality. Cecilia is the current San Francisco Health Commissioner and a former A&PI Wellness Center Board Member.
“Cecilia is nothing short of a pioneer and a hero, for all San Franciscans but especially for the HIV and transgender communities,” said Dr. Royce Lin, A&PI Wellness Center board chair and president. “As an HIV physician and transgender healthcare provider, I have seen Cecilia's work and her advocacy change the lives of countless clients. It is impossible to quantify the hope, courage, change, and inspiration that Cecilia inspires in those around her.”
The awards happened during a special session of the California State Assembly on March 10. Two other transgender activists were also honored this year, Desiree Jade Sol of West Hollywood and Dayna Sinopoli of Monterey.
“On a more personal note, Cecilia to me is the living, breathing embodiment of perseverance, resilience, transformation and transcendence,” said Dr. Lin. “Congratulations to my friend and colleague, and thank you for all that you have done to continue San Francisco's legacy of care, respect, and compassion.”
In 2012, Cecilia participated in a Taking Root Digital Storytelling Workshop. Watch her story below.
TAKING ROOT: OUR STORIES, OUR COMMUNITY
TAFFY is a Native Hawaiian mahuwahine (transgender woman) HIV test counselor who shares her fear of telling her closest friend and sister that she is HIV positive. With humility and grace, TAFFY tells us that compassion and love can make all the difference in the world.
About Taking Root: Taking Root is a community-owned and community-driven digital storytelling initiative that is part of the Banyan Tree Project's national campaign to end HIV stigma in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We train individuals across the nation to create their own videos about their personal experiences with HIV. We share the stories to raise awareness and educate A&PIs about the way HIV stigma isolates us from each other. By telling and witnessing our own stories, we learn to overcome our silence and shame.
I AM A&PI WELLNESS CENTER – 25 YEARS OF HEALTH, HOPE, AND HOME
A&PI Wellness Center is 25 years old this year. We've grown a lot since 1987, when a small group of Asians and Pacific Islanders in San Francisco recognized that the HIV/AIDS crisis in A&PI communities wasn’t being addressed by mainstream HIV organizations. Our founders had the courage to stand up and say, "this is not okay." They found ways to create a community of health, hope, and home for A&PIs living with HIV.
Twenty-five years later, we're still meeting the needs of the A&PI community, but we've expanded our services to include more than HIV. We've diversified our staff, clients, and the communities we serve because we know that health care justice means that all underserved communities should have access to the life-saving services we provide.
So, what does it mean to be "A&PI Wellness Center"?
It means bold leadership. We stand up for what's right. It means being inclusive. We bring diverse people together to fight for better health care for ALL communities, not just Asians and Pacific Islanders.
We are a multicultural health services, education, research, and policy organization. We transform lives, strengthen well-being, and lead underserved communities—of any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or immigration status—toward justice and health.
We are A&PI Wellness Center.
If you share our values, you are A&PI Wellness Center, too.
We're proud to unveil our new agency video, "I Am A&PI Wellness Center." The video was produced with AE35 Media, an Oakland-based film and video production company. The video was shot in a single day and the cast includes staff and board members of A&PI Wellness Center. This was a labor of love for all involved and we thank AE35 Media for their generosity and talent.
Watch for the 30 second version of this video, which will be broadcast commercially on local television stations in the Bay Area.