Amida Care and Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson Host Special Event on National Transgender HIV Testing Day
April 12 2022
On Monday, April 18, at 10 am, Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson and Amida Care will be joined by advocates and health care providers for a special event and press conference in honor of National Transgender HIV Testing Day. The event, which will be held at Destination Tomorrow (2134 Barnes Avenue) in the Bronx, will highlight health disparities faced by people of transgender experience in that borough, and encourage them to get tested to learn their HIV status and learn about HIV prevention and treatment. Free testing for HIV and COVID, as well as COVID vaccinations, will be available. Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson; Sandrine Blake, Assistant Director of Member Events at Amida Care; Lailani Muniz, Bronx resident, community activist and Amida Care member; and Mimi Shelton, Director of Trans Initiatives at Destination Tomorrow, will be among those speaking at the press conference.
The trans community continues to be disproportionately impacted by HIV, with transgender women estimated to be 49 times more likely to be living with HIV compared to the general population. Additionally, the Bronx had the second highest number of new HIV diagnoses among the five NYC boroughs in 2020, and the highest percentage of HIV deaths. Due to the COVID pandemic, HIV testing slowed dramatically. HIV testing in New York conducted through AIDS Institute-funded sites averaged well over 2,500 tests per month in 2019. But that tally dipped below 500 tests per month in April 2020 and did not reach 2,000 tests in any given month through June 2021.