TRIP Nights are back at Wash West – and our HIV testing challenge kicks off March 3

  • Members of the TRIP Community Advisory Board
Starting in March, every first Friday of the month from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, Mazzoni Center’s The Real Impact Project (aka TRIP) will host "TRIP Nights" at the Washington West Project (1201 Locust Street). TRIP Nights offers a safe space for gay/bisexual men of color to come and express themselves in a freeing environment with peers along with providing testing for attendees. 
 
TRIP Nights offer free food, Septa tokens, raffles and prizes as well.  No appointment is needed, and when you come to Wash West we can also refer you to additional health services and LGBTQ resources in the area.
 
What’s more, between March and May, TRIP is presenting a testing challenge for the LGBT community of color within Philadelphia. The goals are to break down stigma and shame surrounding HIV/STI testing, foster community and create dialogue regarding sexual health awareness, and engage our community and celebrate our resilience, dynamics, and overall  health and wellness. 
 
Entering the testing challenge is simple. All you have to do is refer people to get a health screening at the Washington West Project. When people get tested, they have to write your name on the testing card they will receive when checking in with the front desk receptionist. There will be prizes for contest winners. People who get tested will be entered into a raffle as well. 
 
The testing challenge precedes our next event, Hard Candy Bash, which will take place Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. at the University of the Arts in Center City. The one and only Big Freedia will serve as the event host and she will be performing live!

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