Latino Community Services delivers a full array of essential services to individuals at risk of HIV infection, people living with HIV/AIDS, and organizations that work with populations effected by HIV/AIDS throughout the Hartford, Middlesex and Tolland Counties.
“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a way for people who don’t have HIV to prevent the HIV infection by taking a pill every day. If you take PrEP and are exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, this medicine can help to keep you HIV free. PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone.
Early Intervention Services (EIS)
will identify and locate high risk individuals in order to test them for HIV in the targeted grant areas which include Hartford, Tolland and Middlesex Counties. The Early Intervention Specialists will provide individual counseling for those persons that test positive for HIV and refer them to HIV medical care and appropriate support services. This program will also educate on the prevention of HIV as well as provide educational sessions that will help individuals understand and navigate through the HIV system of care.
LCS' food pantry is primarily for LCS clients and available within 24 hours upon request in writing through an LCS employee. The food items that are purchased and/or donated from Food Share are for LCS clients only however, the agency does receive donations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from other sources and on those days that we do, we open those donated food items up to the public. Our donations come from Aldi's, Price Rite and Walmart. On Fridays the agency will give out any donations it receives for that day. We take walk-in clients from 1:00-2:00 PM on Fridays (clients do not need a referral from an LCS employee) and if there are food items left we open it up to the public from 2:00 PM until we are out of donations. Currently, because the majority of our clients are persons of color, of diverse backgrounds (Latinos and African Americans) we would like to reach out and ask donors to provide food items (in kind donations) which include the following:
Spanish cooking items for example:
rice, canned beans, canned tomato sauce, sofrito etc; seasonings such as Adobo, garlic powder, onion powder, sazon.
We are also asking for fruits, vegetables, meats, including chicken and beef.
- LCS client or client-to-be
- In need of emergency food
Our clinics offer HIV counseling and testing, including a rapid HIV test with same-day results. We also provide testing and referrals for hepatitis C and for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These services are confidential and free.Eligibility:
- High-risk individuals
- Have engaged in risky behavior (unprotected sex, multiple partners without protection, sharing of syringes, etc.)
- Have never been tested for HIV
Medical Case Management
Medical Case Management provides people living with HIV or AIDS with a comprehensive service plan, referrals to appropriate resources, and coordination of service.
- Living with HIV or AIDS
Our Medical Transportation Program provides people living with HIV or AIDS in Hartford, Middlesex, and Tolland counties with transportation to medical appointments. Special transportation services are available to eligible persons with physical and/or mental impairments. Click here for Program Protocols and Required forms.
- Living with HIV or AIDS
- Resident of Hartford, Middlesex or Tolland counties
- Referred by a medical case manager
- Not receiving medical case management or care
- Attend all medical appointments
Project STEP provides men who have sex with men (MSM) with one year of culturally-sensitive services, including HIV and hepatitis C counseling and testing; cognitive counseling; case management; substance abuse and mental health treatment; recovery support services; and job training and placement assistance.
- Latino or African-American
- History of substance abuse
- Between 18 and 29 years of age
- Others as determined by staff
Please click here for the referral form.
Healthy Families & Communities Coalition