Feburary 7, 2017 marks the 16th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. NBHAAD was founded in 1999 in response to the growing epidemic of HIV and AIDS in Black communities. NBHAAD is a “testing and treatment community mobilization initiative” seeking to get people educated, involved, tested, and treated.
According to the CDC, African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV/AIDS, representing almost half of all new diagnoses, and among those diagnosed, gay and bisexual men are at the highest risk. The numbers of new diagnoses are falling, but a significant percentage (around 14%) of Black people living with HIV/AIDS do not know their status.
This is why it is so important to continue spreading awareness and destigmatizing HIV and AIDS. One of the ways we work toward this end is through The Real Impact Project (TRIP), a social initiative developed for gay and bisexual Black men and trans-identified individuals to help promote self-empowerment and provide social support.
Mazzoni Center will be providing free rapid HIV testing at our Washington West location (12th and Locust) from 9am-1pm and from 5pm-9pm on Tuesday, February 7. Also on the 7th, we will have our Mobile Testing Unit at University of Penn Law School from 9am-12 noon and are teaming up with the Queer People of Color student organization at Temple University to provide testing from 1pm-5pm at 13th and Berks. SEPTA tokens will be provided for anyone who tests at the mobile testing sites.
It's important also to know that our free, walk-in HIV and STI testing services are available six days a week, throughout the year, at 1201 Locust Street.