Outreach campaign to change how the general public perceives HIV and HIV testing and to destigmatize the LGBT community associated with HIV. Ads will focus on increasing awareness about who should get tested, how to get tested, advancements in treatment and prognosis, and encouraging greater Mobile to help eradicate HIV by getting free HIV testing at AIDS Alabama South and encouraging others to get tested.
Expanding outreach efforts to the LGBT HIV+ community by organizing activities and assisting group members with expenses related to attending their bi-monthly Positive Living Support Group.
Capacity building session to include understanding the state’s HIV Criminalization statute, current legislation proposed impacting Medicaid Expansion and SNAP program, mobilize individuals to participate in scheduled Lobby Days across the state, and partner with other local entities to facilitate a debriefing forum on best practices and next steps.
Mobilize Community Connectors to provide voter education, registration and transportation assistance to those living with HIV or high rsisk negatives.
Events to educate the LGBTQ Latinx community and build bridges; ÒTrans 101Ó trainings to end the disconnect between transgender community and the LGBTQ community at large; bilingual material around HIV/STIs, Transgender people and other educational materials that seek to reduce high-risk behavior and end stigma in community.
1. Establish a digital messaging networking board or resources and support utilizing app based technology. 2. Implement High Impact HIV/AIDS Prevention Project (HIP/ Street Smart, NIA, Focus on youth, and Respect). 3. Mentor-ship and training for joining Shelby County Government Health Care & Prevention (H-CAP). M.E.N. long- term goal is to foster a reformed culture of black males in Memphis TN and surrounding areas to value and invest in health and community development.
Building on collaborations and partnerships with other groups and organizations across the state, including a possible collaboration with the stateÕs Department of Health, to increase the number of participants in MississippiÕs PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis program) through a coordinated outreach campaign.
April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day. We are planning T-Gurlz Rock RVA which will be a night of Testing, Fashion and networking with community partners. It is the objective of the event to erase stigma related to testing within the transgender community as well as highlight the talent and resiliency of our community. All while providing direct interactions with community partners who have available services for LGBTQ individuals. Our work directly responds to the priorities of the Southern Equality Fund by providing resources to services that are free and directly related the transgender experience. Our work helps to combat issues with employment housing and advocacy for the transgender community.
Funds were used for weekly transgender women support groups, existing Text-Line service, HIV/AIDS testing supplies and kits and marketing.
Changing peopleÕs perceptions, acceptance and awareness of LGBTQ people living with HIV/AIDS through monthly community educational sessions, collaboration with local colleges to increase awareness and build resources, and by influencing local and state legislation to support inclusive bills.