HIV Services

HIV Testing, Prevention, and Education

We offer HIV testing, education and counseling at all of our centers and medical mobile van. These services are completely low-cost and private. Our outreach team and health educators can also talk to you about how to prevent HIV. Why should I get tested for HIV? If you are HIV-positive, the sooner you know, the better! Starting HIV treatment early on can greatly improve your health. If you are HIV negative, we can help you prevent contracting HIV in the future.

  • Knowing you are positive may help you better protect yourself and others.
  • Women and their partners who are thinking about pregnancy can use medicine that can stop HIV from being passed on to their baby.
  • If you test negative, we can help you prevent contracting HIV through Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP).

Getting tested is easy! There are 2 ways to check your HIV status:

  • Rapid test (saliva or finger stick). You’ll get your results in only 20 minutes.
  • A blood test (to confirm your status)

What should I expect after the test? You will have counseling after the test. Your counselor will talk about your HIV test result, help you understand with both a negative or positive result, and talk to you about how HIV is passed from person to person. CHN also offers special HIV programs:

  • HIV Prevention for Women Peer Initiative: Since 1993, this program has done street outreach, education workshops, and community presentations about HIV prevention for women of color in Brooklyn. Learn more by clicking here.
  • Youth Access Program (YAP): You can find YAP at CHN’s medical mobile van! YAP offers low-cost HIV and STD screening, treatment, counseling and prevention services. Our van parks weekly in Manhattan and Queens. View the location schedule here.

HEALTHCARE FOR HIV-POSITIVE PATIENTS If you are HIV-positive, CHN understands your health care needs. To help you manage your long-term care, we’ll provide you with a team of health care professionals called a “care team.” This team includes:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • social workers
  • nutritionists
  • HIV counselors
  • case managers
  • treatment adherence specialists (professionals to help you take your medicines the right way)

Your team will meet regularly with you to help keep your health on track.

CHN offers HIV/AIDS treatment programs:

Access to Healthcare Program If you are HIV-positive, our staff will help you sign up to New York State AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). ADAP can help you pay for your health care. Learn more by clicking HERE (link to special programs page) Supportive Services If you are HIV-positive, our staff will help you stay on top of your treatments and medicines. Contact Diana Diaz, Program Manager, at (646) 265-2131 or [email protected].

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