Sí a la Vida

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Our History and Vision

In 1985, IFR established the first Chicano/Latino-specific HIV program in San Francisco. At that time, there were no culturally-based services for Latinos at risk for infection or for those living with HIV/AIDS. Today, Sí a la Vida–Integrated HIV Services provides a range of culturally-based services for Latinos at risk of infection, and those living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.

Sí a la Vida is about harm reduction and empowerment. We provide integrated HIV services that are responsive to community needs and recognize the whole person. This includes supporting HIV-negative clients to understand how to prevent HIV, and helping HIV-positive clients live full lives in spite of their status. Sí a la Vida collaborates with Mission Neighborhood Health Center to establish the Latino Wellness Center to provide increased accessibility to services for Latinos at risk for HIV.

But Si a la Vida doesn’t stop there. We are equally committed to supporting the broader health and wellness needs of the LGBTGQ community. For example, we promote wellness efforts of LGBTQ youth as they embrace their full diversity.

Our vision is for HIV-positive Latinos to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life, and for HIV-negative Latinos to remain so. We strive to support an empowered LGBTQ Latino community that can freely and proudly value their full identity anywhere.

 

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Services

Si a la Vida seeks to reduce the number of new cases of HIV in the San Francisco Latino community; increase access to health and social services for both HIV-negative and positive clients; reduce the stigma associated with HIV status, sexual orientation, and gender identity; and increase the wellness and quality of life of LGBTQ Latinos in San Francisco.

To meet these goals, Sí a la Vida offers the individual services, group services, and community forums. Services may be held at the Latino Wellness Center, IFR, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, or other location. Please note the process, location, and contact information for each service.

 

HIV Prevention & Education Services

PrEP navigation services

HIV testing & counseling

Weekly support groups

Peer counseling

Community engagement activities

For more information, contact: Jeremias Rivera, Prevention & Wellness Coordinator

(415) 240-4104   |   jeremias.rivera@ifrsf.org

HIV

HIV Services for People Living with HIV

Case management

Therapy

Substance abuse counseling

Psychiatry

Support groups

For more information, contact: Renatto Guerrero, Case Manager

(415) 229-0503  |  renatto.guerrero@ifrsf.org

 

Transgender Wellness Services

PrEP navigation services

HIV testing & counseling

Weekly support groups

Case management

Peer counseling

Community engagement activities

For more information, contact: Jeremias Rivera, Prevention & Wellness Coordinator

(415) 240-4104  |  jeremias.rivera@ifrsf.org

 

LGBTQ+ Youth Services (ages 14-19)

Peer counseling

Case management

Support groups

Community engagement activities

For more information, contact: Antonio Ramos, LGBTQ+ Youth Services Coordinator

(415) 229-0500  |  antonio.ramos@ifrsf.org

 

Pride

How Si a la Vida is supporting the community during the pandemic

COVID-19 Outreach & Education: In response to SF Dept. of Public Health to conduct outreach to hard to reach populations within the Latinx community, Si a la Vida staff went to sites were day laborers often meet. Staff provided education on how coronavirus is spread and contracted, and distributed masks and other health materials.

Contract Tracing: Monolingual Spanish-speaking Latinxs are among the hardest hit by COVID-19, and the hardest to reach. Again in response to SF Dept. of Public Health's request for Spanish-speakers, members of Si a la Vida's team have provided contract tracing to Spanish-speaking Latinxs.

The Show Must Go On!: The Latinx health education and entertainment of the Pride season is the annual Miss & Mr. Safe Latino. Usually drawing over 600 LGBTQ+ Latinxs, such a crowd was not possible during this pandemic. Not to be deterred, Si a la Vida taped an entire show, and produced it live on Facebook with over 500 viewers. 

 

 

Visit us 

 Latino Wellness Center 1663 Mission Street, Suite 603
San Francisco, CA 94013

Hours 

Monday—10:00am to 8:00 pm 

Tuesday—10:00am to 6:00 pm 

Wednesday—10:00am to 8:00 pm 

Thursday—10:00am to 6:00 pm

Friday—10:00am to 6:00 pm

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