National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Irvine

At Radiant Health Centers, we are recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) throughout the month, highlighting the importance of HIV testing, prevention and treatment. Black Americans are disproportionately impacted by HIV for a wide range of reasons, but through awareness and community action, progress will continue to be made.

How HIV Impacts Black Americans

The CDC estimated that in 2019, Black people accounted for 40% of people with HIV, yet only made up 13% of the total U.S. population. There are many reasons for such a disparity, including systemic inequalities, racism, economic disadvantages, housing factors and poor access to HIV testing and treatment. Therefore, if the country is going to end the HIV epidemic once and for all, the health disparities and inequities faced by Black Americans must be tackled.

Celebrating the Progress Made on NBHAAD

As a grassroots effort to provide education, reduce stigma and increase access to HIV testing and treatment, NBHAAD continues to forge ahead. And while there are significant barriers to overcome, the rapid growth in HIV infections has steadied and there is room for optimism. For example, among African American gay and bisexual men between the ages of 13 and 24, infection levels fell.

A persistent challenge highlighted by the NBHAAD is the link between social factors and health outcomes. Black people from communities facing discrimination, poor housing conditions, lower income, racism and other social inequalities are more likely to become infected with HIV – along with being affected by other health issues.

Steps like reducing STD transmission, dealing with the stigma of HIV, delivering effective treatment to vulnerable people (and so on) will be required to bridge the gap. These health disparities have been made even more clear during the COVID-19 pandemic, where communities of color were disproportionately impacted. At Radiant Health Centers we are committed to providing Black Americans with the highest level of healthcare and mental health support, while delivering much-needed HIV treatment throughout Orange County.

Delivering Rapid ART and PrEP HIV Treatments

NBHAAD is also a time to celebrate the major developments in HIV treatment. Through testing, treatment and proactive measures, it is possible for people living with HIV to maintain good health and avoid transmitting the virus to others. Unfortunately, there is still work to be done to ensure Black Americans get access to the available treatments.

Of the people who could benefit from PrEP treatment, only 8.2% of Black Americans were prescribed PrEp in 2019. With access to treatments like PrEP and Rapid ART, it will be possible to reduce HIV infection levels and improve health outcomes in Black communities.

Trusted HIV Testing and Treatment Services in Orange County

At Radiant Health Centers, we provide reliable HIV testing and rapid treatment for the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County. If you have any questions about our services or want to arrange HIV or STD testing, contact us today. Call our Irvine medical clinic at (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment now.

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Orange County LGBTQ+ mental health counseling

For more than 30 years, Radiant Health Centers has been offering mental health counseling throughout Orange County. People living with HIV, along with many others in our community, face significant mental, physical, social and economic challenges. Access to professional counseling services has proven to be an important tool for dealing with mental and emotional distress, improving health and well-being throughout the area.

Mental Health Counseling for the LGBTQ+ Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone and, like so many others, Radiant Health Centers has had to adapt to changing circumstances. Much of the work performed by professional counselors during the past two years has taken place virtually, including individual and group mental health support groups. We hope to get back to in-person sessions soon.

During 60-minutes sessions over Zoom, by phone or in-person, people living with HIV and others in the LGBTQ+ community discuss pressing issues, such as depression, anxiety, troubled relationships, stress, substance abuse and more. Over the last fiscal year, this has led to 264 individuals getting the mental health counseling they need via individual or group sessions.

Dedicated LGBTQ+ Counseling Addressing Community Needs

Many people within the Orange County LGBTQ+ community struggle to get medical care tailored to their individual needs. We have previously reported on transgender barriers to physical and mental healthcare, but the challenges extend to countless others.

Through the counseling services at Radiant Health Centers, individuals can access sensitive and responsive support that is compassionate and understanding of their circumstances. Sessions are culturally sensitive and available in both English and Spanish. Details of upcoming counseling sessions can be found here.

What Can Clients Expect From LGBTQ+ Counseling?

Radiant Health Centers’ counseling sessions deliver individual and group therapy, couples and family therapy, and age-appropriate therapy for children and the elderly. Some session goals include a mental health assessment, the development of an individualized treatment and goal planning.

The varied sessions address subjects like coping strategies for substance use and addiction, support for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and mental health support for nonbinary and trans youth and families. Counseling sessions are a safe and supportive space for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community, regardless of their HIV status, to tackle life challenges through individual therapy or group calls.

Dedicated LGBTQ+ Mental Health Support for Orange County Clients

At Radiant Health Centers, our team has been committed to supporting the LGBTQ+ community in overcoming health challenges for many years. As anyone who has experience with mental health issues will know, a crucial part of this support is through counseling that deals with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues and the daily stress of coping with health problems. With that in mind, we encourage anyone with mental health concerns to contact our LGBTQ+ medical clinic and access professional support.

Access Mental Health Counseling in Orange County

Radiant Health Centers is committed to providing mental health counseling services to the LGBTQ+ community. If you require phone, video or in-person counseling, contact us for help today. Call our Irvine center at (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment now.

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