Show your PRIDE!
Philly AIDS Thrift is excited to announce our new, drop-in HIV testing center on the second floor of our store at 710 S. 5th Street. Open since June 2015, the center offers free, rapid HIV testing in a safe, welcoming, and easily accessible location.
We have partnered with five local HIV/AIDS service organizations in order to provide these vital services every weekend: Action Wellness, Bebashi, GALAEI, Mazzoni Center, and Philadelphia FIGHT.
Saturday, June 2nd: 12-4pm (Mazzoni)
Sunday, June 3rd: 12-4pm (Mazzoni)
Friday, June 8th: 12-4pm (Bebashi)
Saturday, June 9th: 12-4pm (Bebashi)
Saturday, June 16th: 12-4pm (GALAEI)
Sunday, June 17th: 12-4pm (GALAEI)
Friday, June 22nd: 12-4pm (Phila FIGHT)
Who should get tested?
HIV testing is recommended for anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 as part of routine healthcare. You can’t tell if you have HIV by appearance or health symptoms— HIV testing is the only way to get an accurate diagnosis. Testing is especially recommended for anyone who is sexually active, uses needles to inject drugs or hormones, or has been treated for a sexually transmitted infection.
HIV doesn’t discriminate based on sexual orientation, relationship status, race, or age. So get tested today!
Services are offered in a private and confidential space in the comfort of our store. You can get results in as little as 20 minutes. Rapid testing is performed by certified HIV test counselors who can provide emotional support, link you to care services, and help keep you and your loved ones healthy.
Our check to the William Way Center makes us patrons of this summer’s groundbreaking exhibit at the National Constitution Center’s “Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and Supreme Court.” This coincides with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the first demonstrations in support of gay civil rights in the United States, in Philadelphia at Independence Hall in 1965.
There will be a weekend full of events, commemorating the anniversary, this 4th of July weekend in Philadelphia. Our satellite store, Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room, will be hosting Barbara Gittings day on Sunday, July 5th. Barbara was one of those early marchers and a key figure in the struggle for LGBT freedom. The author of the first and soon-to-be-released, biography of Barbara Gittings will be at PAT@Giovanni’s Room, signing her new book that day!