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July is the Month of...

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

H.I.V. Awareness

Did you know that July was HIV Awareness Month?

We've got your back with some vital information that could make a real difference in our community. Did you know that despite comprising just 13% of the U.S. population, Black individuals account for nearly 43% of all new HIV diagnoses? HIV awareness is crucial, and that's why in this blog post, we're shining a light on locations in the Pittsburgh area that offer HIV testing services. We believe that knowledge is power, and with easier access to testing, we can take charge of our health and well-being. So, grab your friends, share this post, and let's make sure everyone knows where to go for accessible and confidential HIV testing in our city. Together, we can break barriers and promote health for all. Let's get started! 🌆🩺

Here is a list of HIV testing locations in PGH!

Project Silk (Downtown)

304 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Monday - Thursday 1 pm - 8 pm - 412-532-2128

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Central Outreach Wellness Center (North Side)

127 Anderson Street, Suite 101 Timber Court Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Monday/ Thursday 9 am - 7 pm - 412- 322-4151

Allies for Health + Wellbeing (East Liberty)

5913 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh PA, 15206

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Sunday 9 am - 4:30 pm - 412-345-7456

Metro Community Health Center (Wilkinsburg)

1789 South Braddock Avenue, Suite 410, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Monday/ Thursday/ Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday/ Wednesday: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

Allegheny County Health Department Public Health Clinic

1908 Wylie Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Hill District)

Monday/ Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Wednesday: 12:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Also, Add These Books to Your Reading List!!

These books offer diverse perspectives on HIV from the voices of Black authors, touching on personal experiences, social issues, and the broader impact of the disease on communities. They provide essential insights into the complexities of living with and advocating for HIV awareness and understanding. Happy reading! 📚🌟

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

In a community that isn't always understanding, an HIV-positive teen must navigate fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love--and lust--for the first time. Powerful and uplifting, Full Disclosure will speak to fans of Angie Thomas and Nicola Yoon.

Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis by Kevin J. Mumford

This compelling book recounts the history of black gay men from the 1950s to the 1990s, tracing how the major movements of the times—from civil rights to black power to gay liberation to AIDS activism—helped shape the cultural stigmas that surrounded race and homosexuality. In locating the rise of black gay identities in a historical context, Kevin Mumford explores how activists, performers, and writers rebutted negative stereotypes and refused sexual objectification. Examining the lives of both famous and little-known black gay activists—from James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin to Joseph Beam and Brother Grant-Michael Fitzgerald—Mumford analyzes the ways in which movements for social change both inspired and marginalized black gay men.

Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality by Celeste Watkins-Hayes

In the face of life-threatening news, how does our view of life change—and what do we do it transform it? Remaking a Life uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women generate radical improvements in their social well-being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. Drawing on interviews with nationally recognized AIDS activists as well as over one hundred Chicago-based women living with HIV/AIDS, Celeste Watkins-Hayes takes readers on an uplifting journey through women’s transformative projects, a multidimensional process in which women shift their approach to their physical, social, economic, and political survival, thereby changing their viewpoint of “dying from” AIDS to “living with” it.

By spreading awareness and promoting HIV testing, we can create a safer and healthier community together. Let's support one another, break down stigmas, and make a positive impact. Stay informed, stay empowered, and let's continue to uplift each other. Until next time, take care and keep shining bright! 🌟💙

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