by Laurel Powell •
On 33rd World AIDS Day, HRC hosts a virtual event series to rewrite narrative around HIV/AIDS, announces new cohort of GENERATE Peer Facilitators.
WASHINGTON -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, marks World AIDS Day 2021 with a slate of events designed to bring together LGBTQ+ communities around the world to rewrite the narrative and end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, and approximately 40,000 new diagnoses each year. The virus continues to disproportionately affect members of the LGBTQ+ community. The HIV lifetime risk is one in six for gay and bisexual men, one in four for gay and bisexual Latinx men and one in two for gay and bisexual Black men. At least one in 20 transgender women are living with HIV, Black transgender women are at least three times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV and Latinx transgender women are at least one and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV as compared with the population as a whole..
Earlier this year, HRC partnered with Us Helping Us, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, to provide free in-home HIV testing kits for the first time, with the intent to reach communities disproportionately impacted by HIV. As part of this commitment, HRC has pledged to provide a minimum of 5,000 kits this year. Current data confirms that the availability of HIV self-tests in the United States would not only increase HIV awareness, but would also expand access to testing among communities who would not otherwise get an HIV test in traditional healthcare settings. Furthermore, it is recommended that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once per year as part of routine healthcare and once every three months for gay and bisexual men.
HRC is also pleased to announce its newest cohort of GENERATE peer facilitators. As the next phase of the My Body, My Health campaign, GENERATE was created to mobilize Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ youth to join together and advance efforts to end HIV and promote sexual health through advocacy, education, and storytelling. In partnership with HRC, these 18-24 year olds promote sexual health on college campuses and within local LGBTQ+ communities to finally build a generation free of HIV.
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