In order to reduce HIV cases in Puerto Vallarta, SETAC Community Center of Puerto Vallarta is conducting Brigades to promote education and the prevention of the disease including testing to achieve early detection.
Taking the tools of education and prevention of HIV - rapid tests, condoms, lubricants, brochures, packages of prevention, etc. - directly to the communities is the purpose of the "Brigades for Life."
SETAC's first "Brigades for Life" was a great success. On August 11, the first Brigade carried their tools to Colonia Aurora. There were 57 tests performed, as well as a distribution of 6,000 condoms, 50 tubes of lubrication of 60 grams, 200 coupons for testing, brochures and promotions.
"The people were very grateful and satisfied with the services", smiling and professional, says Sergio Rebolledo, coordinator of SETAC's HIV program.
"The work to reduce and to detect the cases of HIV must be constant and organized day-to-day with new strategies and campaigns, with more and more persons, groups and institutions involved with the same end goal," says Paco Arjona, Director of SETAC.
Volunteers and four counselors certified and trained to conducting HIV tests are running the Brigade.
Currently, a team of 10 people will be at the information desk and distributing flyers with educational information and condoms. Should test results be positive, proper assistance and aid will be given anonymously.
Paco Arjona, Director of SETAC Community Center, notes that as part of the program medical services including HIV AIDS specialists, nutritionalists, psychologists, dentists and mutual support groups will be provided to patients who need them and who may not otherwise have access to such services.
The services are free, safe and reliable and provided both in English and Spanish.
SETAC has organized a series of dates to take this execution of education and prevention outside of SETAC and into key public spaces in Puerto Vallarta.
Look for the next Brigades scheduled for Saturday August 25, at the Main Plaza in Pitillal from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and on Saturday, September 22, during the same hours at Lazaro Cardenas Park in Old Town Vallarta by Los Muertos Beach.
Your donations and support as volunteers can help to benefit a larger number of people in Puerto Vallarta.
Thanks to Javier Gallegos of SETAC for more details and photos.
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