National Trans HIV Testing Day Seattle Observance

National trans testing day is April 18th

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Seattle, WA, April 4, 2018 – Seattle Observance April 18th 3-7pm at Youngstown Cultural Center

Tuesday, April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD), an observance designed to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender people. The observance is organized by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

In the United States, it is estimated that around 1.4 million adults identify as transgender. Transgender women are especially at high risk of having HIV and of contracting HIV. Transgender women of color, especially Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women, experience disproportionately high rates of HIV1, testing positive for HIV more often than Caucasian trans women. HIV prevalence among African American trans women is approximately 56%, whereas the prevalence among Caucasian trans women is approximately 17%. There is a gap in research on HIV and transgender men; few studies have gathered HIV prevalence data for this population. Events like NTHTD help us close these gaps.

Seattle’s event will have HIV testing with trans identified testers, info and community booths, a photo booth, free childcare, free bus tickets for participants and refreshments. Youngstown Cultural Center is located at 4408 Delridge Way SW, 98106.

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1. Herbst, JH, Jacobs, ED, Finlayson, TJ, McKleroy, VS, Neumann, MS, Crepaz, N. Estimating HIV prevalence and risk behaviors of transgender persons in the United States: A systematic review. AIDS Behav. 2008; 12: 1-17. doi: 10.1007/s10461