When someone gets HIV, the body”s immune system makes antibodies to try to fight the infection. Most HIV tests available today test for HIV antibodies. If HIV antibodies are present, it means that a person is infected with HIV. A rapid HIV test using blood will be performed. The rapid HIV test being done at the Hip Hop for HIV testing events will require a blood sample to be drawn. Your test results will be available the same day you test.
The test is looking for presence of Treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis. Syphilis is an infectious disease that is most often spread by sexual contact, such as through direct contact with a syphilis sore (chancre). It is easily treated but can cause severe health problems if left untreated. The syphilis test being done at the Hip Hop for HIV testing events will require a blood sample to be drawn. Your test results will be available the same day you test.
Hepatitis C tests are used to detect and diagnose an infection and/or to monitor the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV). Tests are used to detect the condition if a person:
- Has been exposed to someone with HCV
- Participates in high risk behaviors such as injecting street drugs
- Born between 1945 – 1965
Most people newly infected with HCV have no symptoms or ones that are so mild that they rarely prompt a person to visit a doctor and get tested for HCV. However, about 10-20% of people may experience symptoms such as fatigue, pain in the abdominal area, decreased appetite, and jaundice and may be tested for HCV. Your test results will be available the same day you test.
Hip Hop for HIV featured at the International AIDS Conference 2012
- 1 in 326 people tested positive for Hepatitis C.
- 1 in 193 people tested positive for HIV
- 1 in 81 people tested positive for both Chlamydia and gonorrhea
- 1 in 48 people tested positive for gonorrhea
- 1 in 9 people tested positive for Chlamydia
Know Your Status. Get Tested!
•Data has shown Texas has the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the U.S.
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Sample Artwork from the first 3 days at Greenspoint Mall. Make (+) More Positive
Testing kicks-off this Monday at Greenspoint Mall. Doors open at 10am. Volunteer orientation going on now. You can still volunteer by signing up here
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This year, HIP HOP for HIV, MOCAH and The T.R.U.T.H Project will join with Alere to help HIP HOP participants create works of art and in exchange Alere will donate one HIV Clearview Test Kit for each artwork completed to communities that cannot afford HIV testing. We are looking for artists to volunteer and help the kids create the best works possible. Tons or art supplies will be on hand to make this experience unique, fun and rewarding. Together, we can help Houston change the way we look at the (+) sign. Artists please register to join us for this year’s Hip Hop for HIV and share your time and talent with our participants by clicking here.
HIP HOP for HIV Awareness is definitely a COMMUNITY event. No one organization can do it alone. We have many partners who come together every summer to test over 8,000 people! And we need you. Sign up today and share your talents with us.
Below is a list of volunteer opportunities. Come as an individual or invite your church, sorority, fraternity or business networking group to participate for a day. Your involvement will let the youth and young adults of our city know that you care about them and their health.
- Greeter/Navigator – responsible for directing participants to the appropriate location in a friendly and respectful manner.
- Operations – responsible for the smooth operation of the event. Will be assigned to areas as needed.
- Registration – responsible for ensuring each participant is registered to receive services in a timely manner.
- Phlebotomy – responsible for collection of blood samples. CMA or registered nurses required.
- Education – responsible for providing accurate andup-to-date HIV/STD education in a culturally sensitive manner. Successful completion of the Fundamentals of HIV/STD course is required.
Training will be provided to all interested volunteers. Click here to learn more about this exciting project and to sign-up