HIV continues to affect the LGBT community at disproportionate rates. With regular HIV testing, those who test positive can access HIV treatment to live long, full lives. Other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia can be cured with early treatment. One of the challenges for LGBT people with HIV/STI testing is finding a nonjudgmental place to get tested.
As the health and safety of our center's visitors are our highest priority, our free HIV/STI supportive service is not meeting at this time. However, as we still encourage HIV/STI testing for anyone engaging in higher-risk sexual behavior, below you find more information on where and how you can get tested during this time. For further questions, please contact Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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HIV and COVID Update
How is COVID-19 spread? Can the COVID-19 be spread through sex? Research to date has found that the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can be shed through feces and semen. What does this mean for a person living with HIV? How can you best protect yourself and others? For answers and more information, please watch the video at the bottom of this page or visit this site.
We encourage quarterly HIV testing for anyone engaging in higher-risk sexual behavior. Testing is provided in partnership with The AIDS Activities Office at Lehigh Valley Hospital and the Allentown Health Bureau. There are no insurance or residency requirements. Community members can even sign up for quarterly testing reminders!
HIV/STI testing for youth ages 14-21 is available every Monday through Thursday as part of our youth program, Project SILK Lehigh Valley. Young adults, ages 22-24 may access HIV testing through Project SILK Lehigh Valley by appointment only or through our regular adult testing times.
Sexual health programs are generously supported by:
- AIDS Activities Office at Lehigh Valley Hospital
- Allentown Health Bureau
- Allentown Women's Center
- Global Protection
According to our 2015 Needs Assessment, 80% of the Pennsylvania LGBT community doesn't meet the CDC-recommended exercise guidelines of 150 minutes each week. Healthy eating and active living can help to prevent Type II Diabetes. The CDC also recommends 2.5 servings of vegetables per day, but 65% of the Lehigh Valley LGBT community is consuming two or fewer servings of vegetables per day. However 63.7% of the local LGBT community say they are interested in healthy eating strategies.