“Start Talking. Stop HIV., a new phase of CDC’s Act Against AIDS initiative, seeks to reduce new HIV infections among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men* by encouraging open discussion about a range of HIV prevention strategies and related sexual health issues between sex partners. Effective partner communication about HIV can reduce HIV transmission by supporting HIV testing, HIV status disclosure, condom use, and the use of medicines to prevent and treat HIV.”
Click here to find some tips on how to get the conversation started!
“The National Transgender Discrimination Survey has been the go-to resource for helping the public understand trans people and our community’s experiences. And here in Pennsylvania, the US Trans Survey has helped Equaity PA to educate elected officials and government agencies about the experiences of the transgender community in our state.”
Click here to complete the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey!
“President Obama signed an Executive Order releasing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020, detailing principles and priorities to guide our collective national work to address HIV in the United States over the next five years.” You can view a summary of the strategy in this infograph or the entire document by clicking here.
Effective August 2015, Project Silk will begin a new community space schedule, open Monday – Thursday 1-8 P.M.
We are continuously changing to better assist the needs of our Silk Members. Thank you to our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for the continuous support and feedback!
We will continue our Freestyle Friday programming with our partners at Pittsburgh Aids Task Force. Freestyle Fridays is organized by the #StandOUTPGH campaign and takes place from 5-8 p.m. at the Project Silk space. The event offers food, a local speaker on community resources, OTA performance, prizes, and FREE HIV/STI testing!
On National HIV Testing Day, Project Silk launched a Project Selfie contest. The object of the contest is to post a selfie on our social media taken in the space along with a creative hashtag promoting HIV testing awareness. Please check out our Facebook page to view many great entries with innovative engagement surrounding HIV prevention and outreach. Yesterday, we were happy to announce our winner, Aria Copeland, with the entry #KnowingIsCaring. We believe this reflects our mission to offer a space where silk members are able to care for themselves by actualizing the direction of their own lives through holistic wellness and healthy relationships!
For more information on National HIV Testing Day, please visit this website. This year their message was “Take the Test, Take Control”.
The Stride for Pride Student Community Leadership Scholarship awards a $1,500 scholarship to a self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) student who has enhanced the perception of the LGBT youth through contributions and involvement in the Pittsburgh community. Candidates must be high school juniors or seniors in the Pittsburgh PA area who will be attending an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States. Candidates should demonstrate academic and community leadership excellence, as well as the potential to serve as a positive LGBT role model. The application deadline is August 1, 2015. For more information contact Stride for Pride at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Pride Celebration month, Project Silk will provide communal dinner during our sexual health group every Thursday in June from 5-6 p.m. Come learn about safer sex practices and eat a delicious meal!
On June 14th, Project Silk will have open hours at the community space from noon- 6 p.m. for celebration as well as free, confidential HIV/STI testing. If you are interested in joining the Project Silk members’ walking contingent in the Pride parade downtown, please contact our peer navigator, Kenny McDowell at email@example.com.
Also, check out these other Pride celebrations occurring in the city of Pittsburgh!
June 5th- 6th, 2015
Celebrate Pride with Pittsburgh’s FIRST Latin@ LGBTQ Pride event
Roots Pride PGH
June 11th-14th, 2015
An intentional celebration of diversity across the entire spectrum of race, class, gender, orientation, and ability in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Project Silk aims to build positive identity development and healthy relationships among youth members through various programming to promote safer sex practices. Specifically, each Wednesday from 5 – 6 p.m. our Therapeutic Intervention Specialist, Daphne Beers, facilitates a discussion group or activity related to these topics.
Click here to read a story in NPR news about the connections between relationship dynamics and sexual health education.