Health

Pink Trap House Has People Showing Up by the Dozens For This Unlikely Reason

July 6th 2017

By:
Ngozi Ahanotu

A pink trap house in Atlanta, Georgia, is getting everyone’s attention.

official pink trap house

Trap house is slang for a home where drugs are made or sold. However, 2 Chainz is doing the total opposite with his installation of a pink trap house in the West Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta.

So far it’s been lit.

Naija girls love trap

Since it’s opening, the pink trap house has been a hot tourist landmark and taken over social media. From art classes and a gallery to church services, the trap house has held several events serving the Atlanta community in various ways. Most recently, it hosted a free HIV testing and awareness event.

 

Hundreds were in attendance and dozens were tested for HIV at the pink trap house on Tuesday, which was hosted by the rapper.

HIV screening in the Atlanta area touches on a big subject plaguing the city and the black community, at large. In late-February, a piece of art detailing HIV diagnoses in Atlanta landed in front of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, where cars could see the statistic of the estimated more than "30,000 people in metro Atlanta" living "with an HIV diagnosis." It’s a gut-punching reminder that protection and testing is key to prevention of the transmittable disease.

AIDSVU art atlanta

Black women diagnosed with HIV has decreased since 2005, but it has risen amongst young black and Latino men by 87 percent.

In 2011, White House Champion of Change Hadiyah Charles presented the myths and facts on HIV/AIDS and how it impacts the black community. She wrote:

“In 2009 Black women accounted for 64 percent of estimated AIDS diagnoses among women, ages 13 and older, yet we are only 12 percent of the U.S. population of women. We are disproportionately impacted but we are strong and resilient. I believe that we will beat this disease. But we can only do so by beginning to have conversations about HIV. We can no longer be silent when it comes to HIV polices, services and treatment that directly affect us. Our youth need us to play an active role fighting the epidemic. “

Black men identifying as heterosexual or homosexual, have been left out of the fight against HIV/AIDS until recently, which Charles discussed: 

“We have failed miserably at developing public health HIV prevention messages that resonate with the men that Black women have sex with. We need to invite our brothers to the table. They are virtually invisible, in this epidemic.”

The pink trap house is being removed this week, but that shouldn’t stop you from knowing your status. Testing every three to six months, early diagnosis, and consistent engagement in medical care can prevent HIV infections. Find free HIV testing in your area today.