Community Human Services (CHS) has been a partner with the University of Pittsburgh providing service coordination and psycho educational support since the inception of Project Silk. In 2015, CHS acquired Project Silk from an operational standpoint as part of its intended transition to a community based organization.
The core components of programming will remain consistent. Project Silk will utilize social networking strategies as an outreach method for STI/HIV testing offered on-site to increase knowledge of undiagnosed infections; implement behavioral interventions related to positive adult identity development and sexual health education; and provide linkage to medical care and ancillary services to promote overall wellness within HIV positive as well as high risk negative communities.
Moving forward as we oversee the Project Silk space, we will aim to implement additional youth driven initiatives and recreational programming to promote self-efficacy. If you would like to get involved or have ideas for capacity building, please contact Jess Netto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project SILK provides a safe, healthy, supportive community environment for youth to grow, learn , express, celebrate, ad-vocate and determine the meaning and direction for their own lives with the support of staff, service providers and community partners.
The Garden of Peace Project created a fantastic resource for those in Pittsburgh at various stages of transitioning. It contains information on many topics, such as Mental Health Resources, Physicians and Medical Resources, and Legal Name Change Resources.
Find the Trans*Guide here
Project Silk has been around for a full year, and we are going to celebrate! This Saturday, February 15, from 6-9pm, we will be having a party at our space. All are welcome, and more information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/650476161656822
February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. When was the last time you were tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections? We recommend getting tested every 3-6 months if you are sexually active.
Even if you do not want to get tested, our staff at Project Silk is happy to answer your questions about HIV and ways to keep yourself safe. For those who are HIV-positive, we are also prepared with referral resources to help you keep yourself healthy. So no matter your status, come on in to Project Silk and let’s talk!
Great news! We have started performing free testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. These urine-based tests take no time at all, and very little effort, so we hope everyone who uses Project Silk’s space will consider taking advantage of this service!
Questions? Feel free to contact us!
Thanks to a new webpage created by the Kaiser Family Foundation, people living with HIV have a new resource to help navigate the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare). As mentioned in the press release:
“Features of the Greater Than AIDS Obamacare and You portal include:
- A ‘Find Your Story’ feature that explains how someone with HIV may be affected by the ACA based on their current insurance situation;
- A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section that provides answers to more than fifty questions about the ACA as it affects people living with HIV, such as ‘Can I be denied health insurance because I have HIV?’ and ‘If I receive services from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program or AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), do I still need insurance?';
- State-specific information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on health insurance marketplaces (including a list of available plans and information about financial assistance), Medicaid coverage options, Ryan White HIV/AIDS and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, and other relevant HIV resources;
- A guide to the essential health benefits provided under the ACA with detail about relevance to people with HIV;
- A downloadable worksheet to help people applying for coverage gather relevant information necessary to enroll and make plan choices that best suit their HIV care needs;
- Other tools, including links to the Foundation’s animated video explaining how to get ready for Obamacare and its health reform subsidy calculator.”
Visit “Obamacare & You” here
This blog is owned and operated by Project Silk, an HIV prevention project looking to address prevention at both the structural and behavioral levels. This page will continuously be updated with interesting resources and stories, as well as with information about Project Silk. We hope you will take the time to explore this site to learn more about the project, and take a look at the HIV Prevention and Care Project’s page to learn more about our larger group.