National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) is coming up on April 18, 2017. The Center for Excellence (COE) for Transgender Health at the University of California, San Francisco, founded NTHTD. This is the second year of this observance. (Here are some reflections and highlights from the first year’s observance).
NTHTD is a day to recognize the importance of HIV testing for those at risk of infection, accurate knowledge of HIV status, and continued focus on prevention and HIV medical care and treatment services that are responsive to the needs and experiences of transgender people. According to CDC:
- Studies reveal high HIV prevalence rates among transgender women in the United States.
- Black/African American transgender women are more likely to have HIV than transgender women of other races/ethnicities.
- Many social and structural factors pose challenges to preventing HIV among transgender people.
These digital communication tools can support your involvement in NTHTD:
From the Center for Excellence for Transgender Health:
- The Transgender HIV Testing Toolkit
- NTHTD including the logo, web banner, and a testing placard
- Like Center for Excellence for Transgender Healthon Facebook
- Share your plans and updates on Facebook and Twitterusing #TransHIV
- Visit our National Transgender HIV Testing Day page
- Basic HIV information
- HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator
- NTHTD/Doing It Facebook and Twitter cover images
- NTHTD/Doing It Instagram optimized image
- Doing It posters, banners, and other campaign materials
- Videos on the importance of HIV testing among trans communities
As we approach NTHTD, please check the sites of each of these partners for additional communication resources and information. HIV.gov will continue to report on the national HIV/AIDS observances this Spring and beyond. We encourage you to subscribe now.