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San Mateo County Health Encourages Mpox Vaccination Ahead of Summer Pride Celebrations (published May 16, 2023)
In preparation for the summer season and Pride celebrations in the Bay Area, San Mateo County Health urges at-risk individuals to protect themselves against the mpox virus, which spreads through prolonged skin-to-skin contact and bodily fluids from sexual contact or close sustained physical contact. The 2022 outbreak in the U.S. has been spread almost exclusively through sexual contact.
San Mateo County Pride Center’s Guide to Using Destigmatizing Language in Health Communication Messaging: Lessons Learned from 40 Years in Combatting HIV Stigma (Published in August 2022)
The San Mateo County Pride Center has witnessed great care in creating and distributing messaging about monkepox that is factual and does not perpetuate stigma against men who have sex with men (MSM), which is currently the population with the most reported positive cases. We know this matter is delicate and have created a guide in how to communicate about this new virus.
Welcome to the San Mateo County Pride Center!
We are so glad you're here.
The San Mateo County Pride Center opened our doors on June 1, 2017. With funding from the MHSA Innovation grant, the Center was established as a collaboration model organization and one-stop shop for the LGBTQ+ community. Operating as a program of StarVista, we work in partnership with Peninsula Family Service and Outlet (a program of Adolescent Counseling Services) to offer robust programs and services to support LGBTQ+ community members of all ages. The Pride Center offers education, training, community events, peer support groups, daily programming, clinical therapy, and case management.
We are staffed by diverse LGBTQ+ identified skilled professionals who cross races, ethnicities, abilities, religions, and genders. We strive to reflect the community we serve. The San Mateo County Pride Center was born into existence after years of community advocacy and support. We are grateful for those who fought for us. And we are honored to continue to do this essential work to ensure our LGBTQ+ continues to feel safe, seen, valued, and validated.
We are here, we are queer, and we are proud.