National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
October 15 is National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This observance is more important than ever, as we know from a recent CDC report that Latinx and/or Hispanics accounted for 1 in 4 (24%) new HIV infections in 2014. Many factors contribute to the incidence of HIV, including barriers to accessing health care and health insurance, fear, stigma, xenophobia, and misinformation.
This Saturday my colleague César Mantilla and I will be tabling and sharing information on Mazzoni Center’s new Navigation Services program at a National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event at Fairhill Park, 4th & Lehigh Streets.
Our Navigation Services program is aimed at helping men who have sex with men and Trans people of color. Our goal is to connect people with resources that can help them maintain their negative status, facilitate the linkage to care process through our Linkage Coordinator, and improve their overall health and wellness. Our Navigation team is here to assist with things like: obtaining medical coverage; linkage to medical care; accessing PrEP or PEP; referral to additional services such as mental health, substance use, educational, vocational and housing support.
Saturday at Fairhill Park we’ll be joined by representatives from other community organizations including Congreso, GALAEI, Kensington Hospital, P-HOP, and Prevention Point Philadelphia. The NLAAD event, whose theme is “Stomp on Stigma,” will feature free HIV and Hepatitis C testing, as well as face painting, music and other family-friendly activities.
And if you can’t make it to 4th and Lehigh, contact me anytime to learn more about Navigation Services, what we offer, and how to get started.
In addition to our tabling at 4th & Lehigh, Mazzoni Center will offer free, rapid HIV testing at our Washington West Project (1201 Locust) from 1:00-4:30 pm on October 15. (Click here for our everyday schedule of testing services at Wash West)