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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Inspired at the Plenary Session: International AIDS Conference 2016

Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma Day two was off to a good start! I took a quick snap shot of the sunrise from my hotel’s driveway. It was mesmerizing! While waiting for the shuttle bus, I was still feeling star struck with Charlize Theron from last night’s Opening Plenary Session. Charlize who is originally from South Africa has a foundation named after her. She glided out from the stage wing wearing designer jeans, a black fitted blazer, and a shirt that read “GenEndit!” GenEndit is a call to action campaign that her foundation is spearheading. It’s a ...

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Discussion in the Trans men workshop: International Aids Conference 2016

Niko Kowell Today I showed up for one of the only sessions about Trans men and the only workshop about TMSM (Trans men who have sex with other men). What I thought to be a discussion/info session, turned out to be me and 5 other Trans masculine folks sharing to a group of Cis folks who listened in. Led by a Trans masculine person, he opened up the discussion asking us what our community needed. It was clear throughout the entire discussion that we needed providers to be aware that we exist, and to educate themselves accordingly. Throughout the discussion, I was able ...

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Discussion in the Transgender Network Zone: International AIDS Conference

Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma It’s officially the first day of the International AIDS Conference held in Durban, South Africa! As I make my trip out to the city of Durban to the International Conference Centre or as everyone describes, "ICC," I can already sense the excitement, anxiousness and energy of the 18,000 attendees ready to share, learn, and fight for what they believe their communities are representing and deserve around this epidemic. This year’s theme is "Access Equity Rights Now." I situated myself in the Global Village where organizations from around ...

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