Red Circle Project
Who We Are:
The Red Circle Project is the only HIV prevention program in Los Angeles County that specifically provides services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and Two Spirit individuals in the American Indian and Alaska Native community.
Why We Do It:
HIV, STIs (sexually transmitted infections), and sexual health have been stigmatized and sensitive topics in many American Indian and Alaska Native communities nationally. It is our belief that culturally relevant and responsive education in the context of intergenerational trauma as well as cultural and historical resiliency is key in improving the spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental well-being of our communities. It is our culture that has kept us alive, and it is our culture that will continue to keep us alive. Culture with education is prevention and medicine. #cultureisprevetion #preventionasmedicine
HIV and STIs are often transmitted by individuals who do not know they are positive. Getting tested is a sure way to check and know your status. Get tested for HIV and STIs, and let’s protect our Native community and keep it healthy. You can get tested with your own doctor or with APLA Health by visiting one of our locations listed here. #snagsafely
Another great way of protecting our Native community is by getting treated if you have tested positive for HIV and/or STIs. By catching the infection early and receiving treatment, we as Native people collectively can live prosperous and fulfilling lives spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally. If you or a loved one tested positive for HIV and/or an STI, please contact your doctor or APLA Health at one of our locations here. #protectingus
PrEP is one of the best ways to protect yourself and the Native community from HIV. PrEP is a pill you take every day that protects you from HIV. When taken every day as prescribed, it is up to 99% effective. If used in addition to condoms, PrEP is one of the surest ways to avoid contracting HIV. If you or a loved one is interested in PrEP, feel free to contact your doctor or APLA Health by visiting one of our PrEP Navigators here. #prepyourmedicine
PEP involves taking anti-HIV drugs as soon as possible after you may have been exposed to HIV to try to reduce the chance of becoming HIV-positive. However, to be effective, PEP must begin within 72 hours of exposure. If you or a loved one think you need PEP, contact the nearest emergency room or APLA Health at the numbers listed here. #sexualhealth
What We Do:
We provide free rapid HIV testing, counseling, and HIV education in a safe and supportive environment along with referrals to culturally responsive resources. We collaborate with local organizations and institutions on Native American LGBTQPAI and Two Spirit education to create innovative materials and programming. In addition, we work with local mobile testing units to provide free rapid HIV testing to the Native community in Los Angeles at outreach events such as powwows, cultural events, and more.
Currently, we are conducting incentivized health navigation sessions for individuals who are:
- 18 years of age or older
- self-identify as Native American or have Native American ancestry
- self-identify as a gay, bisexual, and/or Two Spirit man and/or a transgender individual.
If you are interested, please contact us at 323.329.9718.
Where We Are:
Our office is based in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles at:
APLA Health Education Center
3741 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016