As of September 30, 2020, 14,880 people in Colorado are living with HIV. Latinos* represent 23% of the population living with HIV, but only represent nearly 22% of Colorado’s population overall, making our comunidad disproportionately affected by HIV, and at higher risk of contracting the virus. With specialized and culturally responsive care, Latinos living with HIV have been able to lead all ethnic groups in achieving viral suppression, positively affecting their health and minimizing transmission risks to others.
La Gente is a bilingual program specializing in providing client-centered services to people living with HIV (PLWH) who reside in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, 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 PLWH 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!
When I was diagnosed with HIV I thought my life was over. My self-worth was broken and I lost myself in depression. I thought I was going to surely die and that I would lose my family and friends because they wouldn’t accept or love me anymore. I was here without family or any support. It was overwhelming coping with my diagnosis then taking the steps to figure out how to get connected to doctors, medications, and more. The clinic connected me to Servicios where I got that help. I started to learn about HIV and how to protect myself and others. I got the help I needed to remain healthy—to live. The staff showed me love, affection, and support I needed to continue in this fight. I don’t know where I would be today without them.