The Real Impact Project (TRIP)

TRIP is a Philadelphia-based social initiative designed to raise awareness regarding sexual health amongst the African-American LGBTQ community. Through community involvement, unique events and activities, promoting self-empowerment, and rewarding positive leadership, the goal of TRIP is to reduce the impact of HIV. We go about that by providing free and confidential HIV/STD screenings along with producing cultural/ inspiring events aimed to strengthen Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community of color.

TRIP Nights are back at Wash West - click to learn more

TRIP Weekly Walk-in Days at Washington West Project (1201 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107)

Receive free & confidential HIV/STI Screenings
No appointment necessary. Referrals are also available.
Fridays from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  (*Last intake is at 8:30pm) 

TRIP encourages individuals to receive HIV/STI testing every 3 to 6 months.

Join our Community Advisory Board 

Do you desire to be the change? Do you want to improve the culture for the LGBTQ community of color within in Philadelphia? Help us make a lasting impact by joining our Community Advisory Board!
TRIP's Community Advisory Board (CAB) seeks to give gay and bisexual black men and trans-identified individuals a greater sense of self-identity and freedom from shame, stigma and social isolation by promoting a stronger awareness of self, others and social support. 

The CAB meets on a monthly basis. Participants are provided with food and septa tokens, if needed. CAB membership is open to gay or bisexual men of color as well as trans-identified persons of all ages.

CAB Meetings generally take place at Mazzoni Center's main location (21 S. 12th Street) on Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Please contact Vernon Brown at [email protected] for more details. 


Meet our team

Community Health Engagement Specialist Calvin Austin
Community Health Engagement Specialist
HIV Prevention Counselor
Vernon Brown Mazzoni Center TRIP
Recruitment Specialist (The Real Impact Project)
HIV Prevention Counselor
Washington West Project Coordinator
Mazzoni Center LGBT health Philadelphia youth services
Youth Education Specialist
General Conference Coordinator, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
Vince Du Mazzoni Center LGBT HIV outreach Philadelphia
Community Health Engagement Manager
STI Counselor
Ally Safe Schools Coordinator
Navigation Program Manager
Ally Associate
Director of Prevention Services Eric Paulukonis
Director of Prevention Services
Professional Development Coordinator
Youth Education Specialist
CLEAR Program Coordinator