There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. and communities of color have been hit the hardest. That’s why the Human Rights Campaign has joined Gilead Sciences to launch the coast to coast initiative “My Body, My Health,” to break through the barriers and systemic injustice affecting the sexual health of our Black and Latiné LGBTQ+ communities.
It's more important than ever, that LGBTQ people engaging in sex understand the importance of condom usage and prevention tools like PrEP and PEP, consent, and how to connect about sex.
Overall health and wellness include routine testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are many options for getting tested: a primary care doctor, at a community health clinic, or even with a self-test kit. Regular testing can help in the early detection of an infection, especially knowing that some do not experience symptoms with several STIs.
Taking precautions against HIV doesn’t mean you should be ashamed of your sexuality or not enjoy sex - you can love your body and stay safe.
Through sex positivity, communities can celebrate the many ways people consensually discuss, engage and express their sexuality and pleasures. Through this lens, we can empower ourselves, prioritize our sexual health and help end misinformation and stigma.
Our Generate programs are a series of fellowships from the HRC Foundation’s My Body, My Health initiative. These initiatives work to promote healthy sex and sexuality through sex and body positivity, connect people to PrEP and HIV resources, and break through barriers related to systemic injustice, healthcare disparities, institutionalized racism, homophobia, and transphobia through advocacy, education, and storytelling.Learn More About Our Fellowships
If we are to build a generation that is free from HIV, then we must invest in young LGBTQ people, especially young people of color. HRC will be engaging with students, staff and youth-serving professionals at more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to make that a reality.
The discrimination, stigma and transphobia that is driving fatal violence against transgender people — especially transgender women of color — is also leading to significant health disparities, including higher rates of HIV. In collaboration with My Body, My Health, our Transgender Justice Initiative will continue its critical work to reach these multiply marginalized communities.
There are hundreds of LGBTQ-inclusive health care providers across the country. Build a generation free from HIV by finding one near you and get access to prevention, testing and treatment.