WeHo Streets

Principal Investigator: Cathy J. Reback, Ph.D.
Funded By: City of West Hollywood
Total Project Period: 10/1/13 – 9/30/19

The goals of the WeHo Streets service program is to reduce the risk of HIV acquisition or transmission among gay and bisexual males and male-to-female (MTF) transgender women who are substance users and sex workers, and to improve access to HIV-related services and other health care needs in the City of West Hollywood. These goals are being met through the provision of outreach contacts, new and unduplicated in-depth encounters, repeat in-depth encounters, and the distribution of risk reduction supplies. Non-invasive outreach is conducted on the streets in identified high-risk areas of West Hollywood where the target populations work and congregate such as street corners, bars, mini markets, fast food stands, and parks. Outreach workers maintain continuity and consistency in the time and location of their fieldwork, which encourages ongoing and sustained interventions within the natural setting.