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Take the train? Take the test!

In 2015, Latinx accounted for nearly one-third of all new HIV diagnoses in NYC. National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day is a day to increase awareness about how HIV impacts the Latinx community and what we need to do to end the spread of HIV.

This is also a day of action. Over 55 New York Knows community partners, led by the NYC Health Department, will provide free HIV testing and educational resources throughout NYC on Friday, Oct. 13 between noon and 6 p.m.

If you take the train, make sure you take the test! Stop by one of the 35 subway stations across NYC to get your free HIV test.

On Friday, Oct. 13 between noon and 6 p.m., find free HIV testing at subways stations, mobile testing vans and other events throughout the city!

>>Citywide testing locations<<

To help stop HIV in NYC:

Get Tested: Call 311, visit 311 online or text TESTNYC to 877877 to find local testing sites. Outside of NYC? Here’s the AIDS.gov testing locator.

Get Treated: If you are living with HIV, text CARE to 877877 for help finding HIV care or support services in NYC.

Get Educated and Stay Safe: Did you know there are medications available to help prevent HIV? Visit our PrEP and PEP page to get more info.

Find out where you can pick up free NYC Condoms.

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Let’s stop HIV in New York City

  • If you are HIV-negative, PEP and PrEP can help you stay that way.
  • If you are HIV-positive, PEP and PrEP can help protect your partners.

 

Daily PrEP

PrEP is a daily pill that can help keep you HIV-negative as long as you take it every day.

 

Emergency PEP

If you are HIV-negative and think you were exposed to HIV, immediately go to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP (Post-exposure  Prophylaxis).

  • PEP can stop HIV if started within 36 hours of exposure.
  • You continue taking PEP for 28 days.

Many insurance plans including Medicaid cover PEP and PrEP. Assistance may be available if you are uninsured. Visit NYC Health’s website to find out where to get PrEP or PEP in New York City.

This Saturday, June 27 is the 20th Annual National HIV Testing Day! 

To commemorate National HIV Testing Day, make sure you know your status. Find a location near you to get an HIV test for free on June 25, 26 and 27:

In NYC, find a location to get tested at any time by texting TESTNYC to 877877, visiting 311 online or calling 311.

Outside of NYC, use the AIDS.gov service locator. 

We can stop HIV in NYC. Here’s how:

Get Tested. Call 311, visit 311 online or text TESTNYC to 877877 to find local testing sites at any time.

Get Treated. If you or someone you know is living with HIV, get medical care. For help finding care or support services in NYC, text CARE to 877877.

Get Educated. Learn the basics of HIV and AIDS. There are medications available to help prevent HIV. Visit NYC Health’s PrEP and PEP page to get more info.

Find out where you can pick up free NYC Condoms near you.

Be safe, be sure, and get tested frequently.

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Some good news: HIV rates have decreased 66 percent among Black New Yorkers since 2001. Getting educated, tested and staying healthy with treatment are all easier than you might think.

Here’s what you can do:

April is STD Awareness Month

STD/STIs in NYC may be more common than you think. Get the facts so you can protect yourself, get tested, or get treated. NYC also provides free or low-cost services to help you stay healthy:

What is the difference between a STD and STI? STI (sexually transmitted infection) and STD (sexually transmitted disease) are sometimes used interchangeably.  More recently, STI has become the preferred term because some associate ‘disease’ with illness or symptoms. In fact, many people with STIs may be infected but do not show any symptoms.

Monday, March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWAGHAAD) is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV and raises awareness of its impact on women and girls.

 In New York City:

  • 1 out of every 5 new HIV cases is among women and girls
  • By the end of 2012, black and Latina women accounted for more than 91% of all new HIV cases among women
  • Women of all races and ethnicities can get HIV, but risks of HIV may be higher in some communities.
  • The only way to know your HIV status is to Get Tested!

NYC Health community partners are holding numerous NWAGHAAD testing and educational events this week. Check out events in your area, call 311 or text ‘testNYC’ to 877-877 for your nearest testing location!

 

Saturday, March 8

12-4pm: BOOM! Health will be at The Point, 940 Garrison Ave., Bronx, NY 10474

“Secrets of Our Daughters: The VOICE Within Speaks.” This event will address the problems minority women and girls face in the Bronx community related to HIV.

Free HIV testing will also be provided.

 

Sunday, March 9

10am-3pm: Bridging Access to Care will be at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church - 760 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Free HIV testing will be provided.

 

Monday, March 10

10am-4:30pm: Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc. - 290 Lenox Ave., Lower Level, New York, NY 10027

Free HIV/STI/Hepatitis testing will be provided.

1-5pm: Voces Latinas will be along Roosevelt Avenue between 78th St. and 90th St, Queens, NY 11372

Voces Latinas will provide free information in Spanish focusing on  HIV and women, demonstrations of the female condom, and free HIV testing.

 

Thursday, March 13

6-8pm: Robert Fulton Terrace Council in collaboration with National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of NYC, Uptown Health Link and BOOM! Health will be at 530 East 169th St., Bronx, NY 10456

“Teen Talk, That’s What’s Up! A Real Conversation about Sex and your Health.”  Free HIV testing will also be provided.

 

Saturday, March 15

10am-3pm: Bridging Access to Care will be at Berean Baptist Church 1635 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11213

Free HIV testing will be provided.

 

To help stop HIV in NYC, remember to:

Get Tested – In addition to all the free testing locations listed above, you can also call 311 or text ‘testNYC’ to 877-877 to find local testing sites at any time throughout the year.

Get treated – If you are living with HIV or know someone who is living with HIV, get medical care. The sooner you begin treatment, the less HIV will damage your body. And if you take your HIV medications as prescribed, you are much less likely to pass HIV to your partners. For help finding care in NYC, text ‘CARE’ to 877-877.

Get Educated – Learn about the basics of HIV and AIDS in your local community.

Get Involved – Host an event, speak out, or volunteer with a local community organization that is working to combat HIV. Visit NYC Health’s HIV/AIDS information pages to learn more about HIV.

Stay Safe—Condoms provide excellent protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. NYC Health distributes free condoms in over 3,500 locations throughout the five boroughs of NYC. Click here for more information about free NYC Condoms.