African American gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals are affected by HIV more than any other population.
Our Club 1509 initiative offers intensive prevention navigation services for high-risk MSM and transgender individuals. These services focus on reducing new infections, increasing access to care, improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, and promoting health equity. Individuals at high risk for infection learn effective prevention strategies and are linked to PrEP. Those who are HIV positive are connected to or re-engaged in care and antiretroviral (ART) therapy. The program also helps participants overcome barriers to accessing care and treatment by linking them to a host of resources and social services including assistance obtaining public benefits, linkage to housing, food, education and job training as well as STD testing and treatment, substance abuse treatment and mental health care.
Our Trans Necessities initiative allows folks of Trans experience to obtain clothing, wigs, prosthetic breasts, binders and other necessities while receiving health information, testing and referrals for primary care, PrEP and other resources.
HYPE (a program of BEBASHI Transition to Hope) is a Philadelphia-based social initiative designed to increase comprehensive HIV prevention awareness amongst MSM and black and brown people of Trans experience. Through community involvement, unique events and activities, promoting self-empowerment, and rewarding positive leadership, the goal of HYPE is to reduce the impact of HIV. We go about that by providing free and confidential HIV/STD screenings along with producing cultural/ inspiring events aimed to strengthen Philadelphia’s MSM and Trans community of color.