San Francisco Community Health Center Kicks Off National Transgender HIV Testing Day

San Francisco Community Health Center Kicks Off National Transgender HIV Testing Day

 

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Community Health Center in collaboration with UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health kicks off National Transgender HIV Testing Day on April, 18th 2018 by holding a daylong event to engage the transgender community in their healthcare.

 

San Francisco Community Health Center (formerly API Wellness), a longtime leader in the HIV/AIDS care and treatment, is increasing the awareness of HIV testing in the transgender community, this daylong event is filled with many ways for the community to get involved. Included in the program is webinar to that highlights the transgender health needs, as well as a and empowering community lunch that will offer a raffle and entertainment.

 

According to the 2016 San Francisco Epidemiological report from 2006 through 2016, there were 144 transgender persons newly diagnosed with HIV in the city. 90 % percent of these diagnoses were trans female.

 

“Trans women, especially trans women of color are especially hard hit.” Said Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma Associate Director of HIV Prevention and Health Promotion. “The HIV epidemic is particularly hard because the harsh conditions we face by multiple oppressions that stem from racism, classism, homophobia ect. This day is to bring together the community and highlight these issues as well as to test and link others to healthcare options.”

 

The event will be held at 730 Polk Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco CA.

Free and Confidential Testing 10:00am-5:00pm

National Transgender HIV Testing Day Webinar 12:00pm – 1:00pm www.facebook.com/transhealth

Empowerment Community Lunch 1:00pm-2:30pm ­

 

San Francisco Community Health (SFCHC) is an LGBTQ and people of color community health center that transforms lives by advancing health, wellness, and equality. It believes everyone deserves to be healthy and needs access to the highest quality health care. At SFCHC health care is grounded in social justice. With two locations, SFCHC is an anchor institution in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood and a comprehensive health home for the LGBTQ community in the Castro. SFCHC operates a fully licensed, federally qualified health center; runs one of the largest transgender community drop-in centers in the country; and is the premier HIV treatment and care provider for people living with HIV in the Tenderloin. For more information please visit www.SFCommunityHealth.org

 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under H80CS28978 and Health Center Program for $650,000.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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