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!

Stride for Pride Scholarship

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 stride4pride@yahoo.com

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.

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

New Resource on Obamacare for People Living with HIV

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