When we were devastated by the hardships and stigma of HIV/AIDS, we changed the pattern, becoming a stronger, more resilient community. When our quilt lacked the full spectrum of our community, we changed the pattern of our powerful legacy to center Black, Brown, and Trans communities.
Together, we will continue to change the pattern for the better. If you’d like to learn how to start conversations around HIV/AIDS, where to get tested for HIV or how you can become an advocate for HIV and AIDS-related causes you’re in the right place.
Changing the Pattern starts with you taking an active role in your health and being an advocate for your community. That begins with getting tested and knowing your status. Visit the Louisiana Health Hub website to find a quick and confidential HIV testing site near you.
Look below to learn more about our Community Partners, get access to resources, and much more!
Get affordable, private and confidential HIV testing at the closest county health department to where you live.
Find a quick and confidential > rapid HIV testing site located close to you.
Community Based Organizations that offer HIV testing in Louisiana
> Louisiana Public Health Institute
> Louisiana Department of Health
> Open Health Care Clinic
Additional HIV, health-related, and LGBTQ+ resources
> Project Lazarus
> HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART)
> Capital City Alliance
> STD/HIV/Hepatitis Program
> Baton Rouge AIDS Society
Check out the Southern AIDS Coalition educational series Southern Science. It is an educational series built to disseminate information from Southern researchers and scientists, as well as community advocates addressing specific issues and breakthroughs pertaining to HIV science, COVID-19, and other relevant areas.Each program will feature HIV science paired with how it’s used in the South. They partner with different organizations and advocates to create accessible resources with the science AND the prevention tools necessary to end the HIV epidemic in the South.
TODAY, COMMUNITY DISPLAYS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. As the largest community arts project in the world, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is a teaching tool to help educate people about HIV/AIDS, its continued impact today, and to remember the 700,000 U.S. lives lost in the four decades since the first cases were reported. Quilt displays help support local HIV/AIDS service organizations, LGBTQ+ centers, and raise awareness about the issues of health and social justice. Now is the time to plan your community display. We hope you will partner with us to bring the Quilt to your community.
This funding opportunity provides organizations with up to $5,000 to enable them to host panel-making workshops in your community. Partner with Change the Pattern by making new panels for the AIDS Memorial Quilt that honor the lives of Black and Brown lives lost to HIV and AIDS. Organizing and hosting workshops in your community ensures that these legacies and stories are captured through newly-sewn panels on the Quilt. Panels made through the workshops would become permanent sections of the AIDS Quilt. See Funding Requirements
It's time to Change the Pattern in the fight to end HIV and AIDS in the Southern United States. Be a part of this new initiative!