LGBTQ South Florida

HIV prevention group Latinos Salud opens office in Kendall

Staff members at Latinos Salud’s new office at 9580 SW 107th Ave. in Kendall.
Staff members at Latinos Salud’s new office at 9580 SW 107th Ave. in Kendall. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Latinos Salud, an HIV prevention group that began in Broward in 2008, has just opened a new office in Kendall.

“There is stigma when we are talking about sex for Latinos and Hispanics. In regards to dating someone who is living with HIV, there is stigma. As a very big community in Miami, we have to deal with addressing the stigma,” says Juan Oves Jr., the group’s youth and transgender coordinator.

Oves, who grew up in Westchester and West Kendall, recently told the Miami Herald, “I talk to my youth about treatment as prevention, and surprisingly a lot of them don’t know what that means.”

The new office is located at 9580 SW 107th Ave. in Kendall. Call 786-801-1803 for information.

“Stop by Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for free HIV or STD testing, condoms, and community events,” the group said in a recent mailing.

Latinos Salud offers HIV prevention, testing and linkage services to gay Latinos, all gay men living with HIV and anyone identifying as transgender. In addition to helping link guys to PrEP, the agency’s services include empowerment discussions at its office in Wilton Manors, a South Beach satellite, Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus and, most recently, in Kendall.

Tuesday night, Latinos Salud will host a sold-out special event at the Gallery of Amazing Things, 481 S. Federal Hwy. in Dania Beach.

From Latinos Salud:

DJ AJ Reddy will spin the tunes, performer TP Lords will entertain you, and Sidecar Kitchen will serve amazing hors d'oeuvres.

The event will also introduce our newest project, Diversisafe. This will be the place to be seen, to re-connect, and to enjoy drink specials and some surprises!