This project will address the disproportionate HIV diagnosis rates among LGBTQ Latinos in King County through prevention, case management, PrEP, testing, and peer navigation.
LGBTQ Latinos experience troubling disparities in access to healthcare and face a disproportionately higher rate of diagnoses than all other racial/ethnic groups. Immigrants, in particular, are a high-risk subgroup that encounters even greater linguistic, economic, and information access barriers to prevention. Entre Hermanos will use PHPDA funds to prevent and combat the spread of HIV through outreach, education, condom distribution, HIV testing, and PrEP enrollment. Entre Hermanos will also do extensive statewide outreach through their FM/AM/Podcast radio show, social media, LGBTQ dating apps, LGBTQ businesses/clubs, and listserv.
Education efforts will include one-on-one discussions, community presentations, and mass media outreach. Entre Hermanos will conduct HIV rapid tests at their office and the Mexican Consulate two to three times per month and explore options to expand this work to other Latin American consulates. The PrEP Navigator will screen clients for PrEP eligibility and work closely with regional clinics to enroll at-risk LGBTQ Latinos.
The peer navigator provides emotional support and guides lower compliance clients through treatment plans and appointments. Medical case managers provide bilingual and culturally competent support to ensure clients enroll in the state’s HIV insurance program, understand their medicine and treatment schedule, and adhere to labs.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Entre Hermanos will adjust the HIV/STI testing protocol. Previously they offered appointments and walk-ins. Entre Hermanos is now only offering appointments.
Entre Hermanos serves LGBTQ Latinos who face complex and multi-faceted marginalization from intersecting forms of oppression. Approximately 85% of their clients are Spanish-speaking, undocumented, and experiencing poverty. All services are offered in Spanish, at no cost, regardless of medical coverage or immigration status. Entre Hermanos is the only organization of its kind in WA State. They respond to these urgent community needs through accessible, holistic, culturally appropriate, LGBTQ-competent services.