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. Quarterly testing can ensure that HIV and other STIs are detected early.
HIV and many other STIs are preventable through the use of barriers, such as condoms or dental dams, or through prescription-only barriers such as Truvada for PrEP.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center believes in providing free access to safer-sex materials and biweekly non-judgy testing services so that community members can receive honest information from their HIV testing counselors.
One of the challenges for LGBT people with HIV/STI testing is finding a nonjudgmental place to get tested. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides free, totally non-judgy, drop-in testing for HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) every 2nd and 4th wednesday of the month from 4-6pm. 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.
Access to Barriers:
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center proudly provides free access to safer-sex materials, including internal and external condoms, dental dams, and lubricant in our fine art galleries, restrooms, testing and counseling rooms, waiting room, and front vestibule at our community center.
Sexual health programs are generously supported by:
- AIDS Activities Office at Lehigh Valley Hospital
- Allentown Health Bureau
- Allentown Women's Center
- Global Protection