SOM – Saludy orgullo Mexicano

Call now to get back into HIV care – regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

Come back to medical care

In uncertain times, one thing is certain: your health should be a priority. We are here to help.

Salud y Orgullo Mexicano (SOM) is a peer-to-peer HIV testing and care education program by Mexicanos and for Mexicanos. With the support of HIV-positive Mexican peer educators (promoteres), we help men of Mexican descent take control of their health by helping them get tested for HIV and connected to HIV care.

Our bilingual team works with the Erie Family Health Center and other community partners to help qualified participants get high-quality HIV testing and care. We are here to help Mexican men regardless of:

  • Ability to pay
  • Medical insurance
  • Immigration status

We respect confidentiality and privacy.

To qualify for the program, you must be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Identify being of Mexican descent
  • Diagnosed with HIV within the last 6 months or had a gap in care greater than six months in the last two years


Regardless of your immigration status, SOM promotores work hard to get participants access to HIV care both locally and abroad. They use their life experiences and knowledge of HIV to guide program participants in the following areas:

  • Serodiscordant relationships and sex
  • Immigration and medical care in Mexico
  • HIV medication and management
  • PrEP and harm reduction
  • HIV education and co-morbidities
  • Self-empowerment and stigma
  • HIV disclosure
  • Lab understanding
  • Cultural and language barriers

As part of the SOM program, participants will be asked to complete a survey through an online mechanism every six months during which they will receive a $50 gift card. Participation in the evaluation will remain anonymous and no identifiable data will be collected.

Our team

Roman“Being diagnosed with HIV is not the end. It is the beginning of committing to stay healthy and seek the support and guidance of knowledgeable people to get healthy. You can stay healthy with support and realize that you aren’t alone living with HIV. It is not easy, but you can do it. We can do it together.”

Roman Buenrostro

Director of Special Projects, AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AFC_9457“After a few years of sharing my story of living with HIV with people, I started to change the way I was dealing with my own status. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but suddenly I stopped thinking of HIV and started living. Now, I live positively.”

Gilberto Soberanis

Salud y Orgullo Mexicano, Project Manager

John Pizana“One can have the courage to face HIV by breaking down the walls of fear, stigma and rejection and replace all that negativity through education, empowerment, self-acceptance, a strong support system and staying healthy. Individuals are not defined by a virus status but by the moral values they apply to others and themselves.” Read more.

John Pizana

Promotor de Salud at Erie Family Health Center

Testing and events


The Erie Family Health Center, located at 2750 W. North Ave. in Chicago, offers free, rapid and confidential HIV testing. Contact us to set up an appointment around your schedule, or visit during the following walk-in hours:

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:45 to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 1:45 to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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Call Beto, program director, to get yourself or your loved one back into HIV care.

Gilberto (Beto) Soberanis

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This site was made possible by grant number H97HA26498 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau’s Special Projects of National Significance Program. It’s contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily respresent the official views of the government.