API WELLNESS DENOUNCES TRUMP BAN ON TRANSGENDER MILITARY PERSONNEL

San Francisco, CA – Earlier this morning, President Trump tweeted a statement indicating that the US would no longer “accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military,” effectively overturning a policy of open acceptance set by the Obama administration in 2016. President Trump went on to cite the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” that transgender soldiers and military personnel would cause. As a transgender-serving organization responsible for TRANS:THRIVE, San Francisco’s first and largest comprehensive ...

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Introducing our NMAC Youth Leader, Tapakorn Prasertsith!

We’re proud to announce that our very own Tapakorn Prasertsith was named an NMAC Youth Scholar this year. The competitive program is sponsored by NMAC, ViiV Healthcare, Magic Johnson Foundation, and Advocates for Youth. The program is designed to develop “future leaders among a cadre of Youth Scholars to take action to end HIV/AIDS in their communities via educational training, professional development, and networking opportunities.” Scholars will attend the US Conference on AIDS and complete a special project in their community by the end of the year. Tapakorn ...

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President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget and its Impact on Health, Wellness, and Equality for Vulnerable Communities

May 31, 2017 President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget and its Impact on Health, Wellness, and Equality for Vulnerable Communities By Lance Toma, CEO of API Wellness Last week, the Trump administration released its budget for FY 2018. The document marks a disturbing departure from the three foundational pillars of health care reform established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): (1) improving the experience of care, (2) improving the health of populations, and (3) reducing per capita costs of health care. For API Wellness, a self-identified LGBTQ and people of color-focused ...

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API WELLNESS KICKS OFF NATIONAL ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

PRESS RELEASE Stacy Lavilla API WELLNESS KICKS OFF NATIONAL ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY SAN FRANCISCO, CA – API Wellness kicked off National API HIV/AIDS Awareness Day today by urging Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) to talk about HIV/AIDS and discuss using Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) with their health care providers. API Wellness, a longtime San Francisco leader in HIV/AIDS care and treatment, is increasing awareness of PrEP in hopes of increasing utilization of the drug in communities of color. According to the Centers for ...

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API WELLNESS DENOUNCES HOUSE PASSAGE OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT

PRESS RELEASE Stephanie Goss API WELLNESS DENOUNCES HOUSE PASSAGE OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT Senate called on to protect access to fair and equal health care for people of color and the LGBTQ community SAN FRANCISCO, CA – API Wellness condemns the House of Representatives for voting in favor of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If signed into law, the bill will leave millions of Americans without insurance coverage. It would also limit protections for people with pre-existing conditions, reduce federal Medicaid funding, and increase premiums for the most ...

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API WELLNESS LAUNCHES SAN FRANCISCO’S FIRST HEALTH HOME FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN THE CASTRO DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE Stacy Lavilla API WELLNESS LAUNCHES SAN FRANCISCO’S FIRST HEALTH HOME FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN THE CASTRO DISTRICT SAN FRANCISCO, CA – API Wellness is pleased to announce the opening of a new health center location on Market Street that offers affordable, quality health care for the LGBTQ community. The health center, which will open its doors on Monday, April 10th, will offer comprehensive primary medical care, mental health, family planning, and full sexual health services including PrEP and PEP provision in one convenient location. Located ...

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Nikki’s final thoughts on the International AIDS Conference 2016

Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma It’s the second to last day of the conference and honestly, I’m already feeling worn out. I suddenly realize how big this place is. A conference of this magnitude can be overwhelming and can take a toll on one’s well-being. It’s starting to feel that way for me, though I’m still excited to attend the rest of the conference.  Today was unique. There was star power in this conference. It began with Charlize Theron in the opening plenary, then Sir Elton John, and now Prince Harry today! People were very excited. I guess that’s ...

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Closing thoughts on the International AIDS Conference 2016

Niko Kowell I needed to take some time out to process before writing my final blog post. There was a lot to take in and I'm sure I'll be processing for the coming months, but I wanted to leave you all with some thoughts. In general, the International AIDS conference 2016 was a humbling experience. I was honored to be able to attend, learn, and represent on behalf of my Trans community. I was able to connect to so many folks around the world doing work similar to me. I made friends and connections that will help support our work worldwide. Further, as a white ...

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Visiting the Denis Hurley Centre: International AIDS Conference 2016

Niko Kowell First off, I’d like to say that this conference is intense. There is so much to process. More to come on my thoughts on the conference overall in my next blog, but today I want to focus on the engagement tour I participated in. On this tour, I was able to see the Denis Hurley Centre in downtown Durban. This centre serves the homeless and poor in Durban. It has a medical clinic, job development programs with a focus on building skills around entrepreneurship, a kitchen, and much more. You can view their website at www.denishurleycentre.org. I specific...

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A memorable day at the Malvern Child and Youth Care Centre: International Aids Conference2016

Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma Today was going to be a memorable day for me at IAC 2016. I decided to take a break from all the learning sessions and ground myself with the real work. I arranged to participate in one of the “Engagement Tours” that the conference offered. The Engagement Tour is offered to provide delegates unique learning experiences through interactive site visits to local community based organizations throughout Durban and KwaZulu-Natal. The goal is to exchange knowledge, best practices, successes, challenges, and innovative solutions through ...

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