[Image description: A rectangular graphic with a white background. The lower half of the graphic features wide vertical transgender pride stripes and a long red ribbon that stretches to both sides. To the right is a circular headshot of Robin, who wears black glasses and has septum and ear piercings. Robin has short shaved black hair. To the left of the headshot is black text that reads "Wednesday, November 17" and "7:30 p.m. Eastern." Below is a rounded rectangle with gradient orange and purple colors that reads "Instagram Live." Underneath is a gray outlined rectangle with red text that reads "Why HIV Testing Matters in the Trans Community." Below this are Instagram icons with the handles @bradburysullivanlgbtcenter and @rockin_robin_1. Gray icons of a clipboard and a vial are also featured, and the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the upper right corner.]
The 2020 Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment found that transgender people (particularly trans women) are at higher risk of getting HIV, but are the respondents least likely to have had an HIV test. In fact, 40 percent of transgender, nonbinary, and genderqueer respondents said they have never been tested for HIV, and 20 percent of trans and nonbinary women of color have never been tested.
Join us on Wednesday, November 17 on Instagram at 7:30 p.m. Eastern for a special live conversation with Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center supportive services coordinator Robin Gow (they/he/ze) about why HIV testing matters in the trans community.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and its daily youth empowerment program Project Silk Lehigh Valley are organizing a special community event on World AIDS Day (in English/en español) to encourage people to celebrate self-care by knowing their HIV status and getting tested for free (and without judgment). Learn more about the event in this Instagram Live interview!
Our Instagram handle is @bradburysullivanlgbtcenter. The conversation will be posted on our Instagram profile shortly after it ends.