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Reminder: Today is National Transgender HIV Testing Day 2017

Did you know?

  • Globally, transgender women are nearly 50 percent more likely to be living with HIV than the general population.
  • HIV prevalence among African-American transgender women is estimated to be 56 percent compared with a prevalence among white trans women of 17 percent.
  • In the United States, it is estimated that about 1.4 million adults currently identify as transgender.

Routine HIV testing and awareness are integral to the health of transgender people. Are you #DoingIt?

HIV/AIDS EVENTS in United States

feb.07 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

mar.10 - National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

mar.20 - National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

apr.10 - National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

apr.18 - National Transgender HIV Testing Day

may.19 - National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

jun.05 - HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

jun.27 - National HIV Testing Day

sep.27 - National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

oct.15 - National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

dec.01 - World AIDS Day

April 18 is the Second Annual National Transgender HIV Testing Day

National Transgender HIV Testing Day was created to increase awareness of HIV status among all transgender and gender nonconforming people. Getting tested and knowing your HIV status is especially important for trans women of color, who experience higher rates of HIV. Those who provide care to TGNC people can learn more about the best way to meet the needs of the community.

All New Yorkers can benefit from knowing their HIV status. People who test negative can learn about HIV prevention tools, including daily PrEP and emergency PEP, which can help them stay negative. People who test positive can start HIV treatment to help them live long and healthy lives. 

If you are taking gender affirming hormones, your doctor can prescribe a PrEP or PEP regimen that will not interfere with your hormone therapy.

Many HIV prevention and treatment options are available in NYC. Learn more about how you can beHIVsure , PlaySure, and StaySure.


To get tested:

Join our New York Knows community partners at one of the free testing events listed here, call 311, use the online NYC Health Map, or text TESTNYC to 877877 to find local testing sites.  You can also visit our resources for trans-affirming medical care in NYC.

April 18, 2017

AIDS Center for Queens County
Far Rockaway from 10am-4pm
1139 Foam Place
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Jamaica from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
161-21 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432

Woodside from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
62-07 Woodside Avenue, 3rd Floor
Woodside, NY 11377

Community Healthcare Network and Voces Latina from 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
83-22 Baxter Avenue
Queens, NY 11373

April 20, 2017

Iris House from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
2348 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
New York, NY 10030

POZ supports National Transgender HIV Testing Day because…

  • Trans women around the world are approximately 49-times more likely to be living with HIV compared to all adults of reproductive ages.
  • Trans women of color experience disproportionately high rates of HIV. For instance, HIV prevalence among African American trans women is approximately 56% (compared to 17% prevalence among Caucasian trans women.)
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, today, 73% of trans women living with HIV in the United States are unaware of their HIV positive status.

  • Currently, there is very limited information about trans men in particular. To date, research related to HIV among trans people has almost exclusively focused on trans women.
  • The few published studies that report HIV rates among samples of trans men have reported 0 – 3% prevalence (though, those studies were self-reported and of very small subject pools.)
  • There is growing evidence that there is a significant group of trans men who have sex with men (TMSM) and trans men who engage in sex work, and an urgent need to re-evaluate our current data on trans men and HIV.

This Saturday, June 27 is the 20th Annual National HIV Testing Day! 

To commemorate National HIV Testing Day, make sure you know your status. Find a location near you to get an HIV test for free on June 25, 26 and 27:

In NYC, find a location to get tested at any time by texting TESTNYC to 877877, visiting 311 online or calling 311.

Outside of NYC, use the AIDS.gov service locator. 

We can stop HIV in NYC. Here’s how:

Get Tested. Call 311, visit 311 online or text TESTNYC to 877877 to find local testing sites at any time.

Get Treated. If you or someone you know is living with HIV, get medical care. For help finding care or support services in NYC, text CARE to 877877.

Get Educated. Learn the basics of HIV and AIDS. There are medications available to help prevent HIV. Visit NYC Health’s PrEP and PEP page to get more info.

Find out where you can pick up free NYC Condoms near you.

Be safe, be sure, and get tested frequently.

Friday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

Man or woman, gay or straight, young or old, everybody needs an HIV test. NYC Health is recognizing National HIV Testing Day by recommending that all New Yorkers Take Control and Take the Test!
FREE HIV testing will be offered this week at the following locations:

Tuesday, June 24

Out of the Closet/AHF: 475 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 10am-6pm 
Housing Works: 2640 Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn, 12-4pm

Aid for AIDS/Elm Drugs Pharmacy: 56 7th Ave, Manhattan, 2-5pm 
Ryan Center/Love and Politics: 16 W 36th St, Manhattan, 7-10:30pm 
Aid for AIDS/General Consulate-Mexico: 27 East 39th St, Manhattan, 9am-12pm 


Wednesday, June 25

Aid for AIDS/Junction Blvd Pharmacy: 95-53 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, 10am-5pm 
Out of the Closet/AHF: 475 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 10am-6pm 
Housing Works: 2640 Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn, 12-4pm 

Mt. Sinai Cafeteria 5-17 East 102 St. 3rd Floor, Manhattan, 12-2pm 


Thursday, June 26

Aid for AIDS/General Consulate-Mexico: 27 East 39th St, Manhattan, 9am-12pm 
Betances Health Center/Salvadoran Consulate: 46 Park Ave, Manhattan, 10am-1pm 

GMHC/Greater than AIDS: 1471 Broadway, Manhattan, 11am-1pm

Housing Works: 2640 Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn, 12-4pm 
Aid for AIDS/Betances Health Center: 280 Henry St, Manhattan, 1-5pm 

Walgreens/AID for AIDS: 197 8th Ave, Manhattan, 2-5pm
Duane Reade/GMHC: 180 W 20th St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Duane Reade/Harlem Hospital Center: 51 W. 51st St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Duane Reade/Ryan Center: 52 E 14th St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Harlem United: 2575 Broadway, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/MCC: 33 E 23rd St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Ryan Center: 300 W 135th St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Housing Works: 20 Astor Place, Manhattan, 3-7pm 

Out of the Closet/AHF: 475 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 10am-6pm 
Albee Square/Brooklyn Knows: Bond and Fulton St, Brooklyn, 10am-2pm 
Walgreens/After Hours: 1366 Broadway, Brooklyn, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Haitian Centers Council: 2101 Church Ave, Brooklyn, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Housing Works:755 Broadway, Brooklyn, 3-7pm 
Duane Reade/HEAT: 286 Fulton St, Brooklyn, 3-7pm 

AHF: 50th St and 9th Ave, Manhattan, 6-11pm


Friday, June 27

Kings County Hospital: 451 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn, 10am-3pm 

The Fortune Society: 630 Riverside Drive, Manhattan, 10am-3pm 

Care for the Homeless: 1911 Jerome Ave, Bronx, 10am-3:30pm 

Community Healthcare Network: Surf Ave and Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm
Iris House: 2348 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Manhattan, 10am-5pm 

Out of the Closet/AHF: 475 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 10am-6pm 
Housing Works: 2640 Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn, 12-4pm 

Amethyst Women’s Project: 2009 Mermaid Ave, Brooklyn, 12-6pm
Aid for AIDS/Betances Health Center: 280 Henry St, Manhattan, 1-5pm 

Duane Reade/HEAT: 286 Fulton St, Brooklyn, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/After Hours: 1366 Broadway, Brooklyn, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Haitian Centers Council: 2101 Church Ave, Brooklyn, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Housing Works: 755 Broadway, Brooklyn, 3-7pm 

Duane Reade/GMHC: 180 W 20th St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Duane Reade/Harlem Hospital Center: 51 W. 51st St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Duane Reade/Ryan Center: 52 E 14th St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Harlem United: 2575 Broadway, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/MCC: 33 E 23rd St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Ryan Center: 300 W 135th St, Manhattan, 3-7pm 
Walgreens/Housing Works: 20 Astor Place, Manhattan, 3-7pm 

Walgreens/ACACIA Network: 406 E Fordham Rd, Bronx, 3-7pm

Walgreens/ACACIA Network: 666 Courtlandt Ave. Bronx 3-7pm

 


Saturday, June 28

Out of the Closet/AHF: 475 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 10am-6pm

Walgreens/ACACIA Network: 666 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, 10am-2pm 
Duane Reade/HEAT: 286 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 10am-2pm 
Walgreens/Haitian Centers Council: 2101 Church Ave, Brooklyn, 10am-2pm 
Walgreens/Housing Works: 755 Broadway, Brooklyn, 10am-2pm 

Duane Reade/GMHC: 180 W 20th Street, Manhattan, 10am-2pm 
Duane Reade/Ryan Center: 52 E 14th St, Manhattan, 10am-2pm 
Walgreens/Harlem United: 2575 Broadway, Manhattan, 10am-2pm 

Walgreens/Ryan Center: 300 W 135th St, Manhattan, 10am-2pm 
Walgreens/Housing Works: 20 Astor Place, Manhattan, 10am-2pm NYC Council Faith Based HIV/AIDS Initiative and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS: 163 W. 12th St. Manhattan. 10am-4pm

Boom Health: 940 Garrison Ave, Bronx, 12-4pm 


To help stop HIV in NYC, remember to:
Get Tested – In addition to all the free testing locations listed above, you can also call 311, visit 311 online or text ‘testNYC’ to 877-877 to find local testing sites at any time.
Get Treated – If you are living with HIV or know someone who is living with HIV, get medical care. For help finding care or support services in NYC, text ‘CARE’ to 877-877.
Get Educated – Learn about the basics of HIV and AIDS. Did you know there are medications available to help prevent HIV? Visit NYC Health’s PrEP and PEP page to get more info.


Find out where you can pick up free NYC Condoms.

NYC Health would also like to thank our partners for their support and free testing services: ACACIA Network, After Hours Project, Aid for AIDS International, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Amethyst Women’s Project, Betances Health Center, BOOM! Health, Brooklyn Knows Partners, Care for the Homeless, Community Health Action of Staten Island, The Fortune Society, GMHC, Greater Than AIDS, Haitian Centers Council, Harlem Hospital Center, Harlem United, HEAT, Housing Works, Iris House, Kings County Hospital, , Lifebeat, MCC Charities, Mount Sinai Hospital, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of NYC, NYC Council Faith Based HIV/AIDS Initiative, Walgreens, and The William F. Ryan Center.

It's National HIV Testing Day

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Today is National HIV Testing Day. Have you been tested? Were you nervous about the results? How did you feel after you got the results? Share your story in your reblog. And if you haven’t been tested in awhile (or ever), we’re here for you!  Check out plannedparenthood.org to learn more about HIV and AIDS, getting tested, or to find your nearest health center.

(image: Centers for Disease Control)

It’s National HIV Testing Day. While anyone can get HIV, as this infographic shows HIV and AIDS disproportionately affect African Americans. More needs to be done to reduce stigma, encourage testing, and increase access to health care and life-saving medications. All of us, working together, can save lives and stop the spread of this epidemic.

(infographic: visual.ly)