What’s it like to get an HIV test??

Regular HIV testing is an important way to protect your health and the health of your sexual partners.  But how do you get an HIV test and what’s it like?  This video shows how to get an HIV test at Center on Halsted in Chicago.  The testing experience is similar in clinics across the country.  To find out more about testing atCenter on Halsted call 773-661-0910 or visit centeronhalsted.org/HIV.html.  If you call the State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline at 1-800-AID-AIDS (1-800-243-2437), staff can also help you find other HIV testing and STD testing and treatment locations in Illinois that are near you. If you are outside of Illinois you can usean app to find a testing location near you.

This video was created by the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University in partnership with Center on Halsted.

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The IMPACT Program at Northwestern University has created a new report to document the health disparities of Chicago’s LGBT youth. Utilizing data from two different studies, Project Q2 and the Chicago YRBS, this report is able to provide a comprehensive picture of a broad range of health disparities.

Results show that Chicago LGBT youth report health disparities across all domains.

>LGBT youth were more likely to report depression and depressive symptoms, previous suicide attempts, and non-suicidal self-injury.

>LGBT youth were not more likely to be obese, but they were more likely to be underweight and to report vomiting to lose weight.

>LGBT youth were more likely to report sex risk behaviors, a deficit in HIV education, and in female-born youth, were more likely to report pregnancy.

>LGBT youth were more likely to use tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana.

>LGBT youth were more likely to report experiences of sexual violence and victimization.

Taken together, these results indicate health disparities for Chicago LGBT youth are strong and pervasive. Due to the presence of these disparities at such a young age, they are likely to influence to health and well-being of LGBT Chicagoans throughout their lifespans.

This report concludes by highlighting the role of support in buffering many of these outcomes. Additionally, recommendations for addressing each of these disparities have been inserted throughout the document.

We are an LGBTQ Health & Development Research Group @ Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Our work focuses on improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults.
www.impactprogram.org - visit our site for more LGBTQ youth sex & health development info!

We are an LGBTQ Health & Development Research Group @ Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Our work focuses on improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults.

www.impactprogram.org - visit our site for more LGBTQ youth sex & health development info!

Check out our latest video with Laura Kuper to learn more about the recent IMPACT publication, published in the Journal of Sex Research.

(Source: impactprogram.org)

Check out our latest video with Laura Kuper to learn more about the recent IMPACT publication, published in the Journal of Sex Research.

(Source: impactprogram.org)

Mondo Guerra in Chicago! IMPACT video from his talk at Center on Halsted: