Pages tagged "HIV"

  • Voices that Lead: A Workshop Series

    presented by The POZ Group Social Support Group


    As part of our mission to build the next generation of leadership, The Wall Las Memorias' (TWLM) POZ Group is excited to host the first ever Voices that Lead: A Workshop Series — an exciting lineup of leadership building trainings and discussions for HIV positive individuals! The virtual workshop series includes free community meetings intended to build leadership and advocacy skills. As part of the 4-part workshop series, TWLM will also provide a special training on LA County's Commission on HIV, its mission, and how to join and be active members that shape the healthcare system of the HIV positive community! Be sure to join us for the chance to connect, reflect, and learn how to use your voice to lead. Registration is required, click below to rsvp.



    JAN. 26


    Leadership Workshop

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (RSVP here)

    Join us as we host a discussion on leadership development and the importance representation of HIV positive individuals in shaping policies and securing services for the greater community. As part of this workshop, we will share helpful tips on being an effective leaders and talk about how your voice can impact community health.





    FEB. 2


    Advocacy Workshop

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (RSVP here)

    Advocacy plays an important role in shaping policy and bringing to light the concerns and needs of community members. This advocacy workshop will include an indepth conversation on individual empowerment and the importance of voices that lead.





    FEB. 9


    Community Engagement & LA County Commission on HIV Workshop

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (RSVP here)

    Serving one of the largest counties in the United States, the LA County Commission on HIV helps shape policies and influences the development of various healthcare programs and services for HIV positive individuals throughout the county. Join us to learn about the in and outs of the LAC-Commission on HIV, as well as insight on how to become an active member of the commission!

    Featuring Guest Speaker: Everardo Alvizo, LCSW (HIV/STD Strategic Implementation Specialist) - Commissioner and City of Long Beach Representative on the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV.





    FEB. 16


    Social Media Workshop

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (RSVP here)

    Wrapping up the 4-part workshop series, The POZ Group will host a special social media workshop facilitated by TWLM's Rise Up & Act team. Learn how to harness your individual voice to influence community health and wellness using online platforms and tools!




    Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a way for people who do not have HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill contains two anti-retroviral drugs that are also used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. The two anti-retroviral drugs used are called tenofovir and emtricitabine, combined to form the pill called Truvada which has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since July 2012.

    According to national and international studies conducted, the risk of getting HIV infection was lower – up to 92% lower – for participants who took the medicines consistently than for those that did not take the medicines.

    Because no prevention strategy for sexually active people is 100% effective, patients taking PrEP are encouraged to use other effective prevention strategies to maximally reduce their risk, including:

    Using condoms consistently and correctly

    Getting routine HIV tested with partners

    Choosing less risky sexual behaviors, such as oral sex

    For people who inject drugs, getting into drug treatment programs and using sterile equipment

    Some HIV prevention strategies, such as using condoms, can also provide protection against other STD's, which PrEP does not prevent. 

    For people who need to prevent HIV after a single high-risk event of potential HIV exposure – such as unprotected sex, needle-sharing injection drug use, or sexual assault – there is another option called post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP. PEP must begin within 72 hours of exposure.

    For more information about PrEP and PEP, please contact our HIV specialists at (323) 257-1056.