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“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!

NEW SCHEDULE: Project Silk Open Hours

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!

National HIV Testing Day: Project Selfie Contest

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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”.

New Changes at Project Silk

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 jnetto@chscorp.org.

Our mission:

Project SILK provides a safe, healthy, supportive community environment for LGBT youth of color to grow, celebrate, and express themselves. With service providers and community partners, we advocate for our youth to determine the meaning and direction for their own lives.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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!

New Service- STI Testing!

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!

Health Care Resources

Do you have questions about your health insurance? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services produced a number of documents to answer your questions! Check out the links below:

What you should know about seeing your doctor

What to know about getting your prescription medications

Appealing your insurer’s decision not to pay

I signed up, but don’t have health coverage. What should I do?

Getting emergency care

What you should know about early renewal of health coverage

What you should know about provider networks

Welcome!

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.