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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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  • Philly AIDS Thrift On-Site HIV Testing Center

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    Get Tested at Philly AIDS Thrift

    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 AIDS, Bebashi, GALAEI, Mazzoni Center, and Philadelphia FIGHT.

    November Schedule:

    Testing Center Waiting Room

    Testing Center Waiting Room

    November 7th Saturday: 12-4 (Mazzoni)
    November 8th Sunday: 12-4 (Mazzoni)

    November 13th Friday: 12-4 (Bebashi)
    November 14th Sat: 12-4 (Bebashi)

    November 21st Sat: 12-4 (GALAEI)
    November 22nd Sun: 12-4 (GALAEI)

    November 24th Tues: 12-4 (FIGHT)

    November 27th Friday: No Service
    November 28th Sat: No Service

    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.

    $10,000 for William Way!

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    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.



    Barbara Gittings

    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!

    $73,000 in Grants Announed

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    We are very pleased to announce the recipients of Philly AIDS Thrift’s Grants Awards for winter 2014/15. We will be funding proposals submitted by eight agencies with $73,000 awarded in total. We presented the checks to the agencies onstage at GayBingo on Saturday, March 21st.

    The eight proposals selected for the grants this time around are GALAEI’s Positivo program; AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania’s Planning Ahead initiative; support for meals and nutritional counseling for the HIV program at Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutritional Alliance; Project Hope at Family Services of Montgomery County; the Michael Taylor Fund at Action AIDS; the Washington West Project at Mazzoni Center. HIV-prevention programming for LGBTQ youth at The Attic Youth Center, and to Project ONE at Family Services of Chester County.

    We’re thrilled to be helping support all these invaluable programs.
    A Huge THANK YOU to all the Shoppers, Donors and Volunteers at our main store, Big PAT, and at PhillyAIDSThrift@Giovanni’s Room for making this all possible.


    And thanks to PGN for their coverage of our grants awards here:…/local/8617-pat-announces-73k-in-grants