Project Description

La Gente is a bilingual program specializing in providing client-centered services to people living with HIV (PLHIV) who reside in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. The program assists its participants to understand their diagnosis, gain and maintain access to medical care, treatment, emotional support and other resources that meet their needs so they may thrive with HIV. La Gente serves a wide range of PLHIV including straight and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) men, women, and youth. The program offers Medical Case Management, Psychosocial Support Services, Medical Transportation Assistance, Free STI Testing Services and Free Safer-Sex Materials.

If you have been newly diagnosed with HIV, been living with HIV and need additional help, or are new to the Denver Metro Area, contact us today!  Our bilingual staff members are able to connect you to the crucial medical and support services you need. We look forward to speaking with you and welcoming you to our La Gente familia!

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Medical Case Management

Medical Case Management (MCM) is the provision of a range of client-centered activities focused on improving health outcomes in support of the HIV Care Continuum. MCM activities focus on increasing clients’ knowledge of HIV, goal-setting, and maintaining access to medical care, insurance, and medication assistance programs for HIV treatment. Other areas of assistance consist of assisting clients to obtain other resources to a cohesive system of qualified HIV-related providers. The program’s goals are to assist clients to understand and self-manage their physical and emotional health as well as their overall well-being, while minimizing barriers that may negatively affect their ability to adhere to medical care and treatment. Through MCM, clients may be eligible for financial assistance, food bank assistance, and other resources to meet their needs.

Psycho-social Support Services

Psychosocial Support Services within La Gente include HIV support groups in order to enhance social support, self-efficacy, self-advocacy, and to reduce social isolation. Currently the program offers two support groups for Spanish-speaking women and men, respectively, living with HIV.* Please contact us for specifics about our groups as dates and times may change. If you are unable to participate in our two groups offered, please contact us. The program may offer additional groups in the future based on need/interest. We will do our best to find the right resources to meet your needs.

*Women, transgender women, gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men.

Medical Transportation Services

Medical Transportation Services include the provision of bus vouchers to program participants in order to eliminate transportation barriers so that clients are able to adhere to all scheduled HIV-related appointments and stay engaged in care. Program participants may receive bus vouchers based on monthly appointments to core medical and support services.

Free STI Testing Services

HIV, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea testing is provided to the community free of charge. Testing services are offered by appointment on Fridays from 10am-3pm.  If you are experiencing symptoms of an STI such as an abnormal discharge, genital sores/blisters, etc., please contact a testing clinic near you as soon as possible that you can be examined by a medical professional and provided treatment immediately. We are happy to assist in connecting you to the nearest clinic to meet your needs. Testing dates may vary, as may testing demographic requirements. Please call us if you have specific questions regarding testing, symptoms you may be experiencing, or to sign up for a testing appointment.  Testing services are quick, easy, and confidential.

Free Safer-Sex Materials

Servicios provides free safer-sex materials in a strong effort to minimize the incidence of STIs within our community. We provide a wide variety of materials such as male lubricated latex condoms, female or insertive condoms (FC2), and male non-lubricated flavored condoms and dental dam for safer oral sex.  The only type of lubricant that should be used with latex condoms are water-based or silicone-based lube. We offer regular and flavored water-based lube as well as silicone-based lube. If you have questions regarding the safer-sex materials we offer, or would like a demonstration on how to appropriately use and store your materials, please call us anytime. Our staff members are committed to increasing your knowledge so that you can maximize your pleasure, yet minimize your risk!

LA GENTE STAFF

JALENE SALAZAR
JALENE SALAZAR Program Coordinator
303.953.5902
Case Manager