Providing free and low-cost STD treatment requires some political will power as well. APLA Health is working with our elected officials introduced in California aims to create a comprehensive plan to end the state’s epidemics of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections.
This comprehensive plan will also increase the funding that is available. We’ll be able to purchase more testing kits and do culturally competent outreach and education. We will be better able to address social issues such as poverty, stigma and homelessness.
If we can break down as many barriers to care as we can, more people will get tested, treated and – if possible – vaccinated against a number of STDs. Once those pieces are in place, we will be able to stop a variety of STDs and HIV.
In order to stay healthy, people living with HIV must have steady access to nutritious food. Food security helps ensure medications work, but also ensures better mental health and reduced stress.
Clients at our Vance North Necessities of Life Program (NOLP) food pantries receive pre-bagged groceries that include fresh dairy, frozen meats, fresh produce, and an assortment of canned and dry goods. Starting in 2020, we were able to provide 100% of a person’s weekly nutritional needs; including snacks.
NOLP clients also receive bilingual, one-on-one nutritional counseling and nutrition classes. Fact sheets about a range of nutrition topics and recipes for use with NOLP products are available in all NOLP locations.
Healthy Him works because we’re not located in a community: We’re part of our community. APLA Health’s Healthy Him programs are here to help young men of color from 18-29 years old.
Healthy Him’s approach takes into account all parts of your life. We offer services to communities who historically lack the resources and options they need for better health outcomes.
Meaningful engagements means that Healthy Him regularly meets as a community to understand the needs and answer questions. When conducted effectively, community engagement empowers individuals to act and facilitate change. This is our goal, to have members of our community be leaders in preventing HIV.