September is Sexual Health Month, and we at Lifelong have always taken pride in our efforts to promote a spectrum of sexual health needs: whether that is teaching sex education to the LGBTQ community, handing out information and resources for safe sex – which includes PrEP, or helping people with HIV obtain healthy relationships and sex lives. Our Prevention Team works extremely hard to reach as many people in the community as they can to promote an optimal sexual health for every individual.
Twenty-five years ago, a group of students came together from Newport High School and started a club, which later transformed into an elective course, to educate their peers about AIDS. These students were affected by the HIV epidemic and were passionate about doing something innovative for their community. This group became known as ASPEN (AIDS Student Peer Educators at Newport). In addition to this being ASPEN’s 25th year as a group, it is also ASPEN’s 25th year participating in the Seattle AIDS Walk.