In the Fall Season Premiere of PromoHomo.TV®, The Nicholas Snow Show welcomes C.J. Tobe, Director of Community Health and Sexual Wellness Services at DAP Health, for a very candid conversation about the local response (some would say lack thereof) to Monkeypox.
Greater Palm Springs is unique because it’s an international LGBTQ+ tourism destination with one of the largest per-capita LGBTQ-identified populations in the United States, and many tourists specifically visit the area to have sex in multiple clothing-optional resorts. Plus many young adults of all sexual identities and orientations frequent the area for events such as Splash House and the Coachella Music Festival. Big events like Halloween, Palm Springs Leather Pride and Palm Springs Pride are fast upon us.
Another unique aspect of the greater Palm Springs area is that many long-term survivors of the HIV/AIDS pandemic have moved to this welcoming community long after they thought they would be dead. It should be no surprise to anyone that those of us who were around in the 1980’s whose lives were deeply and forever changed by the AIDS pandemic are being retraumatized by Monkeypox, whether we know it or not.
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C.J. Tobe has dedicated his career in community health to eliminating barriers and improving access to health care and social support services for those living with and/or at risk for HIV/STIs. C.J. joined DAP Health in 2015 as a medical case manager and has advanced through roles in clinic case management, prevention programs management, and community health program management.
PromoHomo.TV® Producer/Host Nicholas Snow, who is living powerfully with HIV himself, is in his fourth decade as a multimedia entertainment activist.
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