What is Mozaic?
Mozaic is a sexual health and wellness program for transgender and gender non-conforming people of color ages 13-29. Mozaic is a CDC funded HIV prevention program in the Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity that works closely with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, community organizations and local activists to reduce the disproportionately high rates of HIV that transgender and gender non-conforming people of color experience.
Among the 3.3 million HIV tests events reported to the CDC in 2013, the percentage of transgender people who received a new HIV diagnosis was among 3 times the national average and the highest of any group in the LGBTIQA community.
From 2009 to 2014, more than 80% of the new HIV diagnoses among transgender people in the United States were among people of color. Multiple factors account for this disparity, including a lack of cultural humility in healthcare providers and a lack of access to healthcare, housing, food, transportation, professional development and job opportunities.
Our mission is to have no new diagnoses of HIV among transgender and gender non-conforming people of color in our community.
We are achieving this goal by creating a safer space for transgender and gender non-conforming people of color with HIV/STI testing, PrEP referrals, trans inclusive sexual health education, safer sex supplies, peer mentoring, service opportunities, social events and linkage to medical care and other essential support services.
This March, we will be announcing our new home in Columbus, Ohio. Meanwhile, we are working out of the Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center at the Alpha Building – 889 East Long Street in Downtown Columbus.
We provide free HIV/STI testing every Tuesday from 11AM-7PM at the Alpha Building. No appointment necessary.