The Getting to Zero Initiative awards mini-grants each year to promote community agencies’ ability to recognize and respond to HIV prevention needs. These grants are being awarded each year from 2016 through 2020. Below are the awardees from the second year, 2017 – 2018.
LGBTQ Youth Space: Goal: To reduce stigma. Project: LGBTQ Youth Space GTZ Peer Advocacy. Description: LGBTQ youth and young leaders will participate in a peer education series on HIV/AIDS topics and develop education and outreach materials that promote stigma reduction, HIV screening and testing, and education about current prevention and treatment strategies.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Inc.: Goal: To promote PrEP and PEP Implementation and Universal, comprehensive STD Screening and Targeted HIV Testing. Project: HIV Prevention Education and Outreach. Description: PPMM will expand and target its comprehensive sexual health education, HIV/STI outreach, and PrEP/PEP promotion focusing on Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy. PPMM will prioritize its reach to teens and adults in southern Santa Clara County, focusing on youth involved in the juvenile justice system, current and former foster youth, and local schools.
Roots Community Health Center: Goal: To promote PrEP and PEP Implementation and Universal, comprehensive STD Screening and Targeted HIV Testing. Project: PrEP/PEP Outreach. Description: Roots will continue to strengthen its infrastructure that will enable and initiate administration of PrEP, PeP, and universal, comprehensive sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening and testing for individuals who are of African descent and are at risk of HIV/AIDS infection.
San Jose State University PRIDE Center: Goal: To reduce stigma, promote PrEP and PEP Implementation, and Universal, comprehensive STD Screening and Targeted HIV Testing. Project: SJSU To Zero: HIV Prevention and Stigma Reduction at San Jose State University. Description: SJSU will engage the SJSU student body by producing campus-wide health education events aimed at reducing HIV-related stigma by disseminating accurate information about the nature of HIV, comprehensive prevention (including PrEP and Treatment as Prevention; TasP), and HIV management for HIV+ individuals. Grants funds will also offset student costs for comprehensive STI testing and ongoing clinical monitoring associated with taking PrEP.
Getting to Zero sought to partner with community-based organizations, public agencies, clinics, faith-based groups, schools, and other groups to award one-time mini-grants to facilitate two stigma-reduction workshops that include the viewing of SiemPrE Por Ti, a four-episode web series seeking to educate the community about PrEP and the issue of HIV/AIDS stigma. SiemPre Por Ti uses the style of the Telenovela and its archetypes, to convene a message of acceptance and celebration among family and friends. Its goal is to serve as a starting point to talk about subjects that are still considered taboo among Latinxs such as, being queer, being HIV positive, being sex positive, getting tested, getting on PrEP, and in general, having open conversations about sexual health.
SiemPrE Por Ti was produced by Colectivo ALA’s theater ensemble Teatro Alebrijes through the first round of mini grant from Santa Clara County’s Getting To Zero.
Awards went to: