The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation announced the launch of "My Body, My Health," a comprehensive public education campaign that works toward building a generation free of HIV/AIDS and stigma.
In partnership with minority-serving community-based organizations and youth advocates, the campaign centers the lived experiences of Black and Latinx gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color, while also addressing systemic barriers to medical care that impact health outcomes for LGBTQ communities of color.
Supported by Gilead Sciences, "My Body, My Health" is a coast-to-coast initiative that will combat HIV/AIDS by raising awareness about prevention, testing, treatment and sex positivity as well as providing resources for community-based organizations Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
As part of the campaign, HRC created a microsite that features comprehensive information regarding the issues LGBTQ people face around HIV and sexual health, such as: safe sex and beating the odds, debunking myths about HIV, a safe sex guide for trans bodies, LGBTQ mental health services, and information on HIV/AIDS employment discrimination.
Marginalized populations, including LGBTQ people, face both societal and economic barriers that prevent them from accessing healthcare and communities of color have been hit the hardest1 in 2 Black gay and bisexual cisgender men and 1 in 4 Latinx gay and bisexual cisgender men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. According to a recent CDC study in seven United States cities, 42 percent of transgender women interviewed had HIV, with 62 percent of Black transgender women and 35 percent of Latinx transgender women already living with HIV.