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What is SETAC?

SETAC is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 to promote HIV prevention in the local population.

Is SETAC a government agency?

No, although we collaborate with governmental agencies in prevention-related activities. Our operating budget comes from contributions made by the general public.

Where is SETAC located?

Our community center is located at Aldanaca 178, Int. 4A, at the corner of Viena, in Colonia Versalles. We are three blocks away from Francisco Villa Ave.

Does SETAC provide medical services?

Not yet, but we will soon hire a physician specialized in sexually transmitted diseases.

Are SETAC services expensive?

Our services are free. However, we rely on our clients' donations in order to offer our services.

Is SETAC only for those that live with HIV or AIDS?

No. Our organization also offers other education and prevention activities for the community at large.

Is SETAC only for gay people?

No. At SETAC we welcome anyone who can benefit from our services, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation.

Can I get an AIDS test at SETAC?

There are no AIDS tests, since AIDS is a medical condition. We perform the HIV rapid detection test.

How much is an HIV test?

The HIV test is free of charge, but we request a donation in order to continue our prevention efforts.

How frequently should I get tested for HIV?

You should get tested three months after your last sexual encounter if you think you might have been exposed through unsafe sex practices—such as anal or vaginal intercourse without a condom—or after sexual encounters with multiple partners. This is why it is important to modify your sexual behavior to avoid risks.

Is the HIV test effective?

The test is 99.8 percent effective, as long as you have passed the three-month test window period.

How long does the HIV test take?

The HIV test takes between 20 and 30 minutes, according to the needs of every individual. We provide pre-test and post-test counseling, according to the test result.

Where else can I get an HIV test?

At health centers and other government entities, such as CAPASITS (the Secretary of Health Ambulatory Center for Prevention and Attention of AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases), and COMUSIDA, a health center operated by Puerto Vallarta’s municipal government.

How can I get infected?

If you engage in unprotected intercourse or oral sex, one exposure to the virus is enough to get infected.

How can I remain negative?

There are four options: abstinence, monogamy, safe erotic play and responsible sexuality. Choose the option that is best for you.

What happens if my result is positive?

The result must be confirmed by another test, called western blot, and then you must contact your healthcare provider to begin treatment and follow your physician’s advice.

Does SETAC offer specific medications?

We have several antiretroviral medications that are donated to support those who might need them, as long as a specific medication is available.

How much time will I live if I am HIV positive?

This largely depends on your own lifestyle. There are many elements that must be factored in, such as healthy eating habits, exercising, avoiding stress, taking your medications as directed and abstaining from drinking and smoking.

What are the requirements for same-sex marriage in Mexico?

There are several, including official documents, such as a birth certificate, voting card, witnesses, prenuptial counseling and paying the appropriate fee, among others.

Is there PrEP in México?

Not officially. However, SETAC is working on a project to offer PrEP in the future.

Can a birth control implant keep me safe?

The birth control implant is useful to prevent pregnancy. It does not keep you safe from sexually transmitted diseases.

If my partner is negative, am I also negative?

The test is personal. It is important that both members of a couple take their own test.

Why are there HIV positive people that do not develop symptoms?

Even though there is no cure, some people do not develop symptoms because their immune system is not sufficiently compromised due to several factors, such as the virus development stage, or because the carrier is following the proper treatment.

If condoms are distributed for free, are they any good?

Yes they are, as they must pass quality standards just the same as those available at drugstores.

Are HIV and AIDS the same thing?

No. HIV is a virus that targets a person’s immune system, decreasing its defenses. AIDS is the advanced stage of HIV, when a weakened immune system cannot stop opportunistic infections.

What are the symptoms of the disease?

It is not a disease, it is a spectrum of conditions. Some people can develop symptoms, such as fever, chills, skin rash, night sweats, muscle pain, mouth ulcers and swollen glands. These symptoms can last a few days or several weeks. It is important to keep in mind that these symptoms can be caused by other diseases. The only way to determine your HIV status is through an HIV test.