Golden Rule Services


The mission of Golden Rule Services is to resolve health, education, employment and criminal justice disparities within People of Color communities through the provision of culturally competent programs and resources.

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Programs

Description
In response to this great vision, Golden Rule Services has implemented our Testing and Linkage to Care (GRS-TLC) project. This GRS-TLC project provides local young adult and adult African American and Latino/Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) with free Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and non-occupational Post Exposure Prophylaxis "nPEP" counseling services. Services include:

FREE one-on-one HIV and STD education to increase general HIV education and awareness and reduce the stigma around HIV, sexual orientation and gender identity
FREE Partner Services counseling to assist with disclosing STD results to partners
FREE access to HIV testing, STD screening, condoms and lubrication
FREE PrEP enrollment assistance
FREE transportation to sexual health medical appointments

GRS- TLC also provides local newly diagnosed HIV- positive young adult and adult African American and Latino/Hispanic MSM with free HIV navigation services. HIV navigation services include:

FREE one-on-one HIV case management to assist with linking them to HIV care, improving retention into care and improving the overall quality of HIV-related care
FREE one-on-one HIV treatment as prevention (TasP) counseling
FREE Partner Services counseling to assist with HIV disclosure to partners
FREE appointment scheduling assistance and appointment reminders
FREE transportation to intake and related medical appointments
Budget
$27,391
Program Successes
GRS-TLC began in Fall 2017 as a formative research building program and is now, in spring 2018, ready to be fully implemented. GRS requested and received PrEP navigation training and certification from the CHS State Office of AIDS in October 2017. In January 2018 GRS staff requested and received HIV navigation training and certification by the National Minority AIDS Council.
Description
Lambda Lounge is a weekly drop-in support group for young men who love men of color ages 18-25. During each session, participants are provided a safe space which to discuss a variety of topics that are important to them. Participants are able to attend the weekly meetings where they are able to obtain HIV/STD risk reduction materials, obtain rapid HIV testing and STD screening. Participants may also receive free movie passes, gift certificates and more. We also do OUT-side events such as Sports, Paint-Balling, and mixers. This program is guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2020.

Budget
$27,391
Program Successes
Through 2016 and 2017, Lambda Lounge, its sister project Many Men, Many Voices, and GRS' HIV and STD programs provided at risk individuals with 38,057 condoms, 11,357 packets of lube, and 640 dental dams, as well as fliers, pamphlets, resources and other harm reduction materials. These programs also provided culturally-competent safe-space environments for those at highest risk of HIV and STDs.
Description
Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) is a small, group-level behavioral intervention that decreases HIV and STD risk behaviors and increases health promotion behaviors (e.g., HIV testing, STD screening) among African American men who love men. 3MV helps participants better understand the social and behavioral factors that put them at increased risk for HIV and other STDs. Participants receive gift certificates, food and refreshments, raffle prizes, access to free rapid HIV testing, STD screening, latex or polyurethane condoms and lubricants, and an invitation to our "Men's Night Out Graduation Party." This program is guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2020.

Budget
$27,391
Program Successes
Through 2016 and 2017, Many Men, Many Voices, its sister project Lambda Lounge, and GRS' HIV and STD programs provided at risk individuals with 38,057 condoms, 11,357 packets of lube, and 640 dental dams, as well as fliers, pamphlets, resources and other harm reduction materials. These programs also provided culturally-competent safe-space environments for those at highest risk of HIV and STDs.
Description
Golden Rule Services offers free and confidential rapid HIV testing in an accessible, culturally and linguistically appropriate setting. GRS also organizes and participates in taking HIV testing to the communities it serves including nightclubs, pride fairs, and culturally appropriate settings. This program is guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2020. By the end of 2013, a total of 4,208 cumulative cases of AIDS were diagnosed. In 2013 alone, 69 new AIDS cases were diagnosed. By the end of 2013, 1,611 HIV cases have been diagnosed. In 2013 alone, there were 132 new HIV cases diagnosed. In 2016, GRS performed 586 rapid HIV tests. Those who tested positive were referred into HIV care and treatment services. GRS is part of a community-wide "Zero New HIV Infection Together Coalition." Our goal is to reduce the number of new HIV infections through testing "high risk" community members, linking and retaining those who are HIV positive into HIV care and treatment as early as possible, condom distribution, and Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Budget
$27,391
Program Successes
In the past three years GRS was able to provide 1,511 individuals with rapid HIV testing. These tests were not only in office, but were were able to take testing to key at-risk areas including bars and community gatherings. Of these individuals, 9 tests returned a positive result for HIV. We were then able to facilitate getting these individuals into immediate care.

Through 2016 and 2017, Lambda Lounge, its sister project Many Men, Many Voices, and GRS' HIV and STD programs provided at risk individuals with 38,057 condoms, 11,357 packets of lube, and 640 dental dams, as well as fliers, pamphlets, resources and other harm reduction materials. These programs also provided culturally-competent safe-space environments for those at highest risk of HIV and STDs.

Description
STDs are the most commonly reported diseases in Sacramento County. Sacramento ranks in the top ten counties with the most reported Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases. Sacramento County also has higher rates of reported Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases than the State average. GRS is a member of the "STD Stakeholder Group" which is tasked with planning and coordinating community wide efforts to reduce new STD infections. We have recently completed a "Community STD Prevention Action Plan". Last year without any funding, GRS tested 309 clients for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
Budget
$0
Program Successes
In the past three years GRS was able to provide 988 individuals with STD testing. These tests were not only in office, but were were able to take testing to key at-risk areas including bars and community gatherings. Of these individuals, 73 were reactive to Chlamydia, and 18 were reactive to Gonorrhea. We were then able to facilitate getting these individuals into care.

Through 2016 and 2017, Lambda Lounge, its sister project Many Men, Many Voices, and GRS' HIV and STD programs provided at risk individuals with 38,057 condoms, 11,357 packets of lube, and 640 dental dams, as well as fliers, pamphlets, resources and other harm reduction materials. These programs also provided culturally-competent safe-space environments for those at highest risk of HIV and STDs.

Description
Each year Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) cause nearly 20,000 deaths in the U.S. Such loss of life comes at a cost to society through the direct expense of treatment as well as through the loss of adults in their prime. Recent advances have led to HCV now being curable with short and easily tolerable courses of treatment. Senate Bill 75 (Chapter 18, Statutes of 2015) called for the development and implementation of public education and outreach programs to raise Hepatitis C awareness in high-risk groups through hepatitis C counseling, education and testing. This bill is in alignment with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, 2014-16. Sacramento was one of 28 counties with 200 or more cases of chronic hepatitis C newly reported in 2011 (the last year for which published data are available). Last year, GRS tested 114 individuals for HCV. Those who tested HCV reactive were encouraged to take a HCV nucleic acid test (NAT) confirmatory test. Those who tested confirmatory HCV reactive were encouraged to enter into treatment. Due to limited funding, GRS has to temporarily discontinue its syringe exchange program which provided drug injectors with clean needles and other harm reduction services.
Budget
$0
Program Successes
In the past three years GRS was able to provide 303 individuals with Hepatitis-C (HCV) testing. Of these individuals, 73 were reactive. We were then able to facilitate getting these individuals into care. GRS also participated in syringe exchange program which provided drug injectors with clean needles and other harm reduction services. During the last three years GRS exchanges 44,348 needles, as well as a multitude of harm reduction information.