At PPNYC, we work on many fronts to stop the spread of AIDS.
1)Every visit to our health centers is an opportunity to prevent HIV.
PPNYC does preventive HIV counseling and safer sex education with every patient who comes through our doors. We ask:
"Have you ever been tested?"
"Do you currently have more than one partner?"
"Do you use condoms and dental dams?"
We encourage every patient to take an HIV Rapid Test that gives results in 20 minutes. We help everyone to see that routine HIV prevention and testing should be part of your regular health care.
2)Project Street Beat reaches those most at risk.
Project Street Beat is PPNYC's award-winning mobile HIV prevention and access-to-care program that serves women, men, and teens who live and work on New York City's streets. Project Street Beat's clients include intravenous drug users, other substance users, homeless people, commercial sex workers, and others at high risk. We provide, free of charge:
Basic survival services food, clean clothes, condoms, and clean syringes.
Rapid HIV/AIDS testing, education, and prevention interventions.
Individual and group counseling to reduce clients' risk of contracting and transmitting HIV.
Interventions specifically tailored to the particular populations we serve, including "Safety Counts," "Seeking Safety," "Sista to Sista," and "Healing Our Women."
Harm reduction services such as the Expanded Syringe Access Program and Opioid Overdose Prevention Training.
Medical services on our mobile medical unit primary health care, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis B and C testing and referrals for treatment, GYN exam, contraception, pregnancy testing and referrals for services.
Case management support and counseling to help clients get the services they need beyond Project Street Beat's services, including medical care for HIV-positive individuals.
Daphne Hazel, Associate Vice President of Project Street Beat,was recognized for her work leading the fight against HIV at the 2011World AIDS Day commemorative breakfast at Gracie Mansion. Daphne's award was presented by both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Read the Mayor's press release.
3)We raise awareness and educate the public.
Our evidence-based education programs for teens and adults include HIV/AIDS prevention strategies and skills-building for having safer, healthier relationships.
At health fairs, workshops, and other public venues, we distribute safer sex kits,brochures about HIV prevention, and information about HIV testing at PPNYC.
PPNYC trainings update health professionals and educators so they can keep current on the latest public health information and methods to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Events to spark awareness are on our agenda throughout the year. And for World AIDS Day 2011, PPNYC's Sex Ed activists organized a flash mob in Union Square! This mobilization event raised awareness about HIV/AIDS in New York City, and encouraged folks to incorporate prevention and testing into their everyday lives. Watch a video of the flash mob!