Today is National Transgender HIV Testing Day!

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From the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health: "April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD), an observance designed to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender people. The observance is organized by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. In the United States, it is estimated that around 1.4 million adults identify as transgender. Transgender women are at high risk of having HIV and of contracting HIV. Transgender women of color, especially black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women, experience disproportionately high rates of HIV. There is a gap in research on HIV and transgender men; few studies have gathered HIV prevalence data for this population." For more information on why HIV testing and prevention is important…
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March 10th was National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

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March 10th was National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! From womenshealth.gov: “National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, national and community organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 12th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Today, about one in four people living with HIV in the United States is female. Only about half of women living with HIV are getting care, and only four in 10 of them have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment.…
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Today is National Transgender HIV Testing Day!

AIDS, Caring Communities, HIV
  According to AIDS.gov: "National Transgender HIV Testing Day is a day to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender and gender non-binary people. The initiative encourages community-based organizations, health jurisdictions and HIV prevention programs to host local transgender HIV testing community events and/or develop trans-specific HIV testing campaign materials and resources." Visit this page on AIDS.gov or this article by POZ Magazine for more information on why this day is needed and what you can do to spread awareness! Caring Communities welcomes people of all genders and offers FREE and confidential HIV testing at all three of our office locations in Wilkes-Barre (570-829-2700), Hazleton (570-454-2700), and Berwick (570-752-5655).
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