CPLC LUCES (Latinos Unidos Contra el Sida/ Latinos United Against AIDS) provides HIV prevention education and supportive services to people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. In 2016, CPLC Luces impacted 1,627 lives.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that the rate of HIV infection for Latinos is three times higher than that of whites. At some point in their lives, 1 in 36 Latino men will be diagnosed with HIV. CPLC is committed to preventing new infections and helping those with HIV to live longer, healthier lives.Services include:
- Medical and Supportive Case Management: Providing or coordinating access to primary medical care, dental care, medication adherence, nutrition, home health care, legal services, transportation services, mental health care, substance abuse services, psychosocial support services, housing, emergency financial assistance, and food boxes.
- Mental Health: Psychological and psychiatric treatment and counseling services including Spanish-language support groups and counseling.
- Substance Abuse: Treatment and counseling to address substance abuse issues including alcohol, prescription drug abuse, and illegal drug abuse.
- Psychosocial Support: A peer support group in which an HIV positive individual is able to obtain peer support from other HIV positive individuals and a behavioral health tech on a weekly basis.
- HIV Testing/Counseling: Provided in partnership with Terros. Free testing is offered by referral and appointment only.