Monday, April 18, 2022, is National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD). On NTHTD, we have an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of routine HIV testing, knowing one’s HIV status, & HIV prevention & treatment efforts among transgender, nonbinary, & gender-nonconforming people. In 2018, trans people made up 2% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S., and most new HIV diagnoses among trans people were among Black people. Black trans women accounted for 49% of new diagnoses among trans women, & Black trans men accounted for 40% of new diagnoses among trans men. A recent study found that among trans women in 7 U.S. cities, 96% of trans women had been tested for HIV, & 82% of trans women had been tested for HIV in the past 12 months. The goal of NTHTD is to replicate this success across the country.Learn more about how HIV/AIDS affects Black trans people by downloading NBJC’s NTHTD one-pager HERE. NBJC has created the Words Matter HIV Toolkit to support Black people in having asset-based, stigma-free conversations about holistic health and wellness. The toolkit also encourages loved ones to stay healthy by taking medicine if they are living with HIV or seeking to maintain an HIV-negative status. To end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we must reduce HIV transmissions. Reducing transmissions will only happen when we are all regularly screened for HIV and confidently know our status. Doctors recommend getting tested every three to six months. You can find a testing site near you HERE or get a free at-home HIV testing kit HERE.
You can engage in National Transgender HIV Testing Day and help spread essential information about HIV transmission and testing using the NTHTD one-pager and digital assets shared on this page. Share these assets across social media platforms to start conversations with those who follow you using the hashtags: #NTHTD, #PACT4HIV, #StopHIVTogether, and #TalkAndGetTested.
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.