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Philly AIDS Thrift On-Site HIV Testing Center

Philly AIDS Thrift now has a rapid HIV testing center RIGHT IN OUR STORE!

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    Allocated to 20 local organizations united in the fight against HIV/AIDS

    Philadelphia, PA – Philly AIDS Thrift (PAT) is pleased to award 20 local organizations with more than
    $180,000 in grant funding for their work in fighting HIV/AIDS in the Delaware Valley. Funds distributed
    brings PAT’s total contributions to date to over $2 million dollars. Revenue generated from PAT’s two retail operations (Philly AIDS Thrift and Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room) is used to provide grants to The AIDS Fund and 19 other organizations providing HIV/AIDS services in the Delaware Valley.

    “We are so happy to be able to provide funds for these various organizations helping in the fight against
    HIV/AIDS,” said Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou, manager and co-founder of Philly AIDS Thrift. “These
    organizations are making great strides in preventative methods and overall assistance of those affected
    by HIV/AIDS. We are grateful that our contribution to the fight can help to improve the lives of so many

    Since 2014, PAT’s board of directors and grant committee have awarded organizations with a grant for
    projects that help fight or prevent HIV/AIDS based on assistance organizations’ requests. Grants
    awarded ranged from $1,500 to $10,000 with an average award of $5,000. Awarded organizations were
    required to have direct services for adults and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, must be a
    non-profit (or sponsored by a non-profit organization), and must be located in the Delaware Valley
    (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and/or Philadelphia counties as well as the Camden,
    Gloucester, and Burlington counties in New Jersey, and New Castle County in Delaware).
    For the 2017-18 grant cycle, Philly AIDS Thrift awarded more than double the amount of money
    compared to its inaugural grant awards in 2014 ($73,000).

    Award winners include:

    Access Matters
    Provides opportunities for HIV positive women to meet one another, gain critical health information,
    and enhance their parenting; ultimately, improving the health outcomes of the participants and their
    children as a part of the She Matters program.

    AIDS Delaware
    Supports funding for their food pantry that operates throughout the State of Delaware, providing
    nutritious groceries for people living with HIV/AIDS who may not otherwise have ready access to food.

    Helps to educate gay Latino men and transgender women of color about HIV, and provide resources to
    those with HIV/AIDS to lead healthy lives and transform their communities.

    Supports comprehensive nutrition services for people living with HIV/AIDS who are experiencing
    malnutrition and battling the life-threatening illness.

    Prevention Point
    Provides funding for the Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) and continues access to information and
    resources for reducing the risk for HIV.

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    Philly AIDS Thrift On-Site HIV Testing Center

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    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.

    March 2018 Schedule:            


    Saturday, March 3rd: 12-4pm (Mazzoni)
    Sunday, March 4th: 12-4pm (Mazzoni)

    Friday, March 9th: 12-4pm (Bebashi)
    Saturday, March 10th: 12-4pm (Bebashi)

    Saturday, March 17th: 12-4pm (GALAEI)
    Sunday, March 18th: 12-4pm (GALAEI)

    Friday, March 23th: 12-4pm (Phila FIGHT)

    Saturday, March 31st: 12-4pm (GALAEI)

    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!

    How does testing work?

    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.