Texas Health Action wants to “rock the ribbon” and offers free HIV tests on World AIDS Day

Kind Clinic offers free walk-in tests austin, Dallas and San Antonio

Austin, Texas, November 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Texas Health Action — a community-informed non-profit organization that provides access to quality health services in a safe and supportive environment — will offer free HIV testing starting on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2022at Kind Clinic locations in austin, Dallas and San Antonio. Texas Health Action’s HIV initiative, Rock the Ribbon, aims to raise awareness of HIV through free walk-in testing and community engagement. Everyone is entitled to free testing, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. No appointment is required.

“While the red ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV, Texas Health Action’s ‘Rock the Ribbon’ empowers Texans to know their HIV status.” Christopher Hamilton, CEO of Texas Health Action, said. “Knowing your HIV status is the first step in managing your sexual health. We pride ourselves on offering our healthcare services without stigma or judgment and to people regardless of their HIV status.”

In addition to HIV testing, Kind Clinic offers HIV care, access to the HIV prevention drugs PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) and PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis). People living with HIV who have an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the virus sexually, which is known as Undetectable = Untransmittable or U=U.

People who already know their status and want to get started with PrEP or PEP can use “Rock the Ribbon” and have themselves tested free of charge at the following places and times without an appointment:

Art Clinic Austin – King
101 West King Lane, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78751

Austin’s The Kind Clinic on Koenig Lane offers free HIV testing 24 hours a day 21 clock on 1st to 9th December clock is on 2. December.

Art Clinic Dallas – Oak Lawn (At Walgreens)
3802 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219

Kind Clinic Dallas, located in Walgreens on Cedar Springs Road, offers free HIV testing Friday December 2ndout 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

San Antonio – Isom
730 Isom Street
San Antonio, Texas 78216

The friendly San Antonio Clinic on Isom Road offers free HIV testing Friday December 2ndout 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), gay and bisexual men accounted for 70% of new HIV diagnoses Texas In 2018, black and Hispanic men accounted for most of these new diagnoses. Additionally, 51% of women who received a new HIV diagnosis in 2018 were Black women.

“While people of color are disproportionately affected by HIV and are more likely to face significant health barriers such as cultural expectations and financial constraints, anyone can get HIV,” said Dr. Sandra Guera, chief medical officer of Texas Health Action, said. “We are committed to removing these barriers so all Texans, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or employment status, can receive preventative treatment.”

Texas Health Action also provides access to HIV prevention and treatment for all Texas Residents 18 years and older through TeleKind, a telesexual health service with the same stigma and non-judgment service offered at Kind Clinic.

Virtual appointments are made possible through secure two-way video with a healthcare provider specialized in each of the services offered by TeleKind. Patients are also assigned a personal care navigator to guide them through the appointment process, care plans and prescription ordering to ensure medication is at little to no cost to the patient and the prescription is delivered directly to the patient. All clinical care services and laboratories are free. For more information about Texas Health Action and its programs, visit texashealthaction.org.

About Texas Health Action

Texas Health Action (THA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing access to culturally affirmative, quality health services in a safe and supportive environment and expertise in serving LGBTQIA+ individuals and persons affected by HIV . Since 2015, Texas Health Action has provided healthcare services without stigma or condemnation and has empowered the community through outreach and education. Texas Health Action operates the Kind Clinic, which provides sexual health services at locations in central Texas; TeleKind, which offers sexual health services through virtual visits and at-home testing; and the Waterloo Counseling Center, which provides behavioral health services in Austin. Texas Health Action is led by CEO Christopher Hamilton. For more information about Texas Health Action and its programs, visit www.TexasHealthAction.org.

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