The Pennsylvania Prevention and Care Project began Project Silk as a CDC-funded pilot program in 2012. Community Health Services picked up the Pittsburgh-based initiative in 2015, as part of the project’s planned dissemination to other community organizations. Project Silk serves Black and Latinx young (13 to 29 years of age) men who have sex with men and transgender women through a variety of programs designed to improve participants’ health and wellbeing.
- HIV/STI testing and counseling
- Housing assistance
- Employment assistance
- Mental health services
- Help in getting medical care
- Referrals to PrEP providers (the antiviral medication to prevent HIV)
The HPCP continues to provide technical assistance, including the diffusion of the project to other areas in the state. For information about starting a new Project Silk initiative, you can download the Project Silk Diffusion request for applications (RFA).