HIV + STI
WALK-IN TESTING SITE
IT'S ALL FREE.
It Takes Village programs and services are based upon theory, assessment, and, most importantly, the input and needs of the communities we serve. The effectiveness of each program greatly depends on the level of involvement of participants, and the trust the community has with our staff and organization. There is no charge for any of our programs or services.
WE OFFER HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT.
Walk-in and get the help you need.
HIV + STI Testing
Getting tested at It Takes a Village is completely FREE in both English and Spanish. Our Testing Counselors are experienced and adhere to the highest standards of confidentiality. They are non-judgmental and can help you develop a plan to stay safe and healthy. HIV Testing is provided Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm with results in less than 10 minutes. STI Testing includes testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, with results in two days and free treatment.
PrEP is a once a day pill taken to prevent acquiring HIV. Our program at It Takes a Village can connect you with prescriptions for PrEP at no cost. We’ll help you understand how PrEP works and how it can help you. Staff will also accompany you to your first appointment to help you become acquainted with the providers.
Since 2000, Brothas4Ever has been building and nourishing community among African-American same gender loving men throughout the Denver Metro area. This ever-growing group, which has reached thousands of Black men over the years, addresses health, relationships, and what it means to be a Black man in America. Men of all ages come together for discussion groups and to support each other in staying healthy and strong.
Sisters in Spirit
HIV has disproportionately impacted African-American and Latina women in Colorado and throughout the country. We provide resources for domestic violence, risk reduction materials (condoms, lube), HIV and STI testing, pregnancy prevention, and sexual health information. The program includes 15 Opinion Leaders…women of all ages and Transgender women who known throughout the community as being able to influence other women positively. These women have continuous risk reduction discussions with other women within their social networks and help them get connected to resources.
Since 2007, It Takes a Village has implemented the only HIV prevention program geared specifically to Transgender women of color. This peer-led group meets once a month for support, to share information, and to gather socially. Because of COVID-19, this group is meeting via Zoom. The program staff also communicate with Transgender women in prisons who are getting ready to be released, in order to provide a welcoming, safe space for them to find resources and get a makeover.
Phenomenal Women + VOICES
Since 2003, African-American women have come together to address issues that impact them and their ability to stay safe. This dynamic group has included over 1,000 Black women from all walks of life, discussing relationships, racism, colorism, sexuality, poverty, sexual abuse, and many other topics. VOICES is a two-hour group to help participants reduce their risk of acquiring HIV. It is woven into activities for Phenomenal Women.
Moving Beyond Barriers
This exciting group of motivated men provides a confidential space for gay men of color to address their addiction and trauma issues. This group meets on Tuesday evenings via Zoom and provides evidence-based strategies and materials to become and remain sober and drug-free.
CLEAR + Healthy Relationships
Healthy Relationships is a series of workshops geared towards helping people living with HIV to begin and maintain relationships after their diagnosis. These are fun, interactive sessions where participants meet and get to know each other, brainstorm when and how to disclose their status, and feel more empowered to explore new relationships. CLEAR is a series of individual sessions geared towards helping people living with HIV to address barriers to relationships on a one to one basis.
In collaboration with the Empowerment Program, Willow provides weekend retreats for women living with HIV to come together to address engaging in safer relationships and to empower each other. This retreat usually happens in person, with meals and door prizes, however, due to COVID-19, it has been implemented via Zoom with door prizes mailed to participants.
Psychosocial Support Group
The Community Group is comprised of individuals living with HIV who provide support to each other. This group is peer-led, meets twice a month and all are welcome. Interesting, relevant topics of discussion and delicious lunches make this group very popular. Spanish-speaking people living with HIV participate weekly in this group with translation.
The Client Services team provides Medical Case Management, support, and assistance to help people living with HIV access medical care, insurance, medical treatment, financial assistance, housing assistance, mental health counseling, psychosocial support, and addiction services. Since 2003, we have provided Client Services to people living with HIV from all backgrounds. Services are also provided in Spanish. Get in touch with Courtney, Client Services Supervisor below.
WE CAN HELP.
If you are having difficulty accessing services or understanding your treatment/medications, we can help you. If you feel lonely and isolated or just want to meet other people living with HIV, It Takes a Village is a place for you. If you are experiencing emotional/mental health problems or addiction, we can help you get back on your feet.
Mental Health Counseling
Mental health counseling is available for people living with HIV, with appointments arranged through case managers or directly through the counselor. Counseling is available in Spanish.
It Takes a Village has provided effective addiction counseling services since 2007. Groups for people living with HIV take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 am to noon. Tuesday’s group, Healing Ourselves, includes lunch. Friday’s group focuses on addiction and criminal thinking for people who have a history of incarceration. Addiction counseling is available through an on-call counselor 24 hours a day. Contact Corinthiah or Hassan.
Medical Case Management
Intakes within 48 hours of contact and walk-ins are served. We provide assistance with emergency financial assistance for people living with HIV, including phone bills, utilities, rental assistance, and emergency motel stays. We will link you to HIV care and treatment, and connect you with insurance or expanded Medicaid. If you are newly diagnosed or have been out of treatment for a period of time, come in for immediate help. Contact Jeff or Veronica. Services are provided in Spanish.
The Client Services team provides Medical Case Management, support, and assistance to help people living with HIV access medical care, insurance, medical treatment, financial assistance, housing assistance, mental health counseling, psychosocial support, and addiction services. If you are having difficulty accessing services or understanding your treatment/medications, they can help you. If you feel lonely and isolated or just want to meet other people living with HIV, It Takes a Village is the place for you. If you are experiencing emotional/mental health problems or addiction, we can help you get back on your feet. Since 2003, we have provided Client Services to people living with HIV from all backgrounds. Services are also provided in Spanish. Contact Courtney, Client Services Supervisor.
If you're hungry and need a meal, stop in.
Are you cold and need a coat or any other clothing? We provide free clothing (availability changes). Also, if you are a Transgender woman and need a makeover or clothing in unique sizes, contact Starr or Maritza.