Asociación Demográfica Costarricense (ADC)
ADC is a strong advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Costa Rica. It accomplishes this through research, education, and campaigns to change national policies. Based in San Jose, ADC uses innovative strategies to bring high-quality health care to marginalized populations, including prison inmates, indigenous populations, teen mothers, and migrant communities. Although it doesn't operate a clinic, ADC distributes contraception and provides family planning counseling.
One of ADC's primary activities is training public sector agencies—such as schools, prisons, and health centers—on issues like comprehensive sexuality education, gender-based violence, and sexual diversity. It is a leading organization for HIV prevention education and advocacy and campaigns for better legislation around the labor rights of HIV-positive workers.
ADC operates a peer education program in twelve prisons across the country. The peer educators provide information on sexual and reproductive health, and ADC offers counseling to HIV-positive inmates. “It is important to decrease stigma and discrimination toward this population,” said Jonás Hernández, who has been a counselor with the program since 2008.
Asociación Demográfica Costarricense
La Uruca Condominios Horizontales JW
Locales 26 y 27, contiguo al Banco Nacional
Apartado Postal 10203-1000
San José, Costa Rica
P: (506) 2258-7139