Each June during LGBTQ Pride Month, we reflect on the tremendous progress we've made in the fight for full LGBTQ equality and recommit ourselves to the work ahead. For HRC, that work includes bringing about an end to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, which continues to disproportionately impact members of the LGBTQ community, especially men who have sex with men and Black and Latinx people.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight Americans does not know their HIV status. That means that many people are not benefiting from the litany of HIV prevention and treatment options that now exist. In order to help close this gap and mobilize grassroots support for ending the epidemic, HRC is helping LGBTQ people and allies 'Take Pride in Knowing' their HIV status this summer.
Made possible with the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, HRC will be providing LGBTQ people and allies with information and resources about where and how to get tested at pride festivals and community events throughout the year. Specifically, HRC will provide people with free copies of "What Do I Do? A Handbook to Understanding Health & HIV," as well as safer sex cubes containing condoms, lubricant and information about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a once-daily pill regimen that can help you stay HIV-negative.
This initiative builds on a partnership HRC Foundation began three years ago with the Greater Than AIDS campaign to normalize conversations about LGBTQ sexual health and wellness. Every year, HRC attends more than 200 pride festivals and interacts with hundreds of thousands of people across the nation.
Today, on National HIV Testing Day, be sure to take the test and take pride in knowing your HIV status. Regardless of the outcome, you'll be in a position to take control of your sexual health and look great doing it.
There are several different ways to test for HIV, from oral swabs to home testing kits. There are also thousands of locations across the country where you can get an HIV test at little or no cost to you. Click here to find a testing site near you.
To find an HRC booth at a pride festival near you, click here. To find out more about our work to end the epidemic, click here. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #NHTD and #TakePrideInKnowing