When we welcomed our first patients in 1997 in a motel room in downtown Reno, many of them were faced with the challenges of HIV/AIDS on top of fears from family and friends. Connection was limited. That same year, after Ellen DeGeneres came out on her popular sitcom, it was cancelled the following year. It’s was different back then.
Through education, new treatments and prevention over the past 20+ years, people with HIV can live a full life, complete with great connections to the community. Northern Nevada HOPES continues to welcome patients, wherever they are in life, and provide them with compassionate, high-quality healthcare. We knew connection meant healing in 1997, and we know it in today.
What began more than two decades ago as a comprehensive care center providing out-patient health services for those living with HIV/AIDS, Northern Nevada HOPES has expanded to meet the needs of people from all walks of life including the medically underserved. Today, numerous LGBTQ people work at HOPES and its programs include primary care, HIV testing and prevention, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), hormone replacement therapy, support services like rental and housing assistance and case management. HOPES also has therapists who provide specific LGBTQ care including individual therapy and gender reassignments surgery evaluations.
Like other community health centers and non-profits, HOPES has been hit hard during the pandemic. HOPES is trying to raise $3,000 to continue providing comprehensive care and wellness services to members of the LGBTQ community and seeking support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can help now, through Give Out Day on June 30, by starting your own Facebook Fundraiser. Your Fundraiser will make a big difference for HOPES by raising funds for our life-saving and life-changing care.
Together, we can create a strong, cohesive LGBTQ+ network that connects people, solves problems, and builds a healthier Reno community.