National Transgender HIV Testing Day
April 18 is the observance of the inaugural National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD).
NTHTD is a day to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender and gender non-binary people. The initiative encourages community-based organizations, health jurisdictions and HIV prevention programs to host local transgender HIV testing community events and/or develop trans-specific HIV testing campaign materials and resources.
This day is sponsored by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (a Centers for Disease Control capacity building assistance provider network partner).
Center of Excellence Director JoAnne Keatley and Technology Exchange Specialist Jenna Rapues discuss NTHTD in more detail in this AIDS.gov blog post.
Visit the AIDS.gov NTHTD page to learn more and to find out how to get involved.
Transgender HIV Testing Toolkit
As part of the NTHTD initiative, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for Excellence has developed a transgender HIV testing toolkit consisting of five modules designed to reflect the most current HIV prevention research and best practices for serving trans and gender non-binary people. Guidelines to increase access and trans cultural competence among HIV testing programs and services are included.
Download the toolkit (PDF, 512KB)
Learn and Share
Transgender Health and HIV WebinarTransgender people experience multiple health disparities, including mental health and HIV treatment. This APA HIV/AIDS Programs and SAMHSA HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center webinar reviews the most recent literature documenting these disparities and their connection to experiences of transphobia — the discrimination, harassment and violence often directed toward transgender people. Frameworks for thinking about and addressing these disparities in health care provision for transgender people, including syndemic theory and the Model of Gender Affirmation, are discussed. Examples and ideas foster gender-affirming and trauma-informed health care environments and relationships with transgender clients.
April 20 webinar "Healthcare Stigma Facing Transgender Individuals: From Access to Policy and Care to Treatment"
Presenters include Daneielle Castro, MA, MFT, from the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. 2-3 p.m. EST.
A new tool to improve HIV prevention for transgender people.
The White House Commitment to Improving Outcomes in Transgender Community
White House consultation with advocates on effectively addressing HIV in the transgender community.
HIV Among Transgender People
CDC fact sheet includes data, challenges to prevention and a list of CDC's high-impact prevention strategies.
Spread the word
- Use hashtag #TransHIV to share information about National Transgender HIV Testing Day and follow the conversation on APA Public Interest Directorate social media.
- Learn more about HIV issues related to the transgender community on Facebook and Twitter.
- To spread the word about NTHTD on Facebook and Twitter, please use #TransHIV and share the following message:
1st-ever Nat'l #Transgender #HIV Testing Day. Support #trans community health! http://1.usa.gov/23y6BSe via @aidsgov
What You Can Do
- Get Educated. Learn more about HIV/AIDS. Knowing about HIV/AIDS empowers individuals and communities to act accordingly. Learn about, practice and share safer-sex tips with those you love and your sexual partners.
- Get Tested. Knowing your HIV status helps keep you and others safe. To find a testing site near you, call 1 (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636), visit hivtest.cdc.gov or text your ZIP code to KNOW IT (566948).
- Get Treated. Seek out local resources and organizations that will assist you in accessing treatment and information.
- Get Involved. Locally, there are community based organizations, events and activities for you to get involved with. Talk about HIV/AIDS in your community to reduce stigma and raise awareness.