Local Observances of World AIDS Day

November 24th, 2014

World AIDS Day is Monday, December 1st. This year’s theme is “Focus, Partner, Achieve.”

For a look at local gatherings and commemorations, visit our frequently-updated World AIDS Day Calendar.

If you’d like to add an event to this list, please email us.


CDC Launches New Online Self-Survey for Viral Hepatitis Risk

November 20th, 2014

Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected.

To raise awareness for the virus and to increase the number of people who know if they are infected (and, of course, get treatment), the CDC has launched a new online survey to identify potential risks for viral hepatitis infection. Take the survey online today at:


To learn more about hepatitis, your risk, how to stay safe, and to get treatment if you are Hep+, please contact us.

Hey Hudson Valley Guys: HVCS Wants to Hear How You Stay Healthy

November 19th, 2014

Take This 10-Minute SurveyWe’re always looking to improve our programs and services, and right now we’re focusing on our HIV/STI prevention programs for men who have sex with men. We want to hear from local guys about their relationships and sex lives–whether you identify as gay, bi, queer, or anything else.

The survey takes about 10 minutes (most respondents take about 5 minutes), and if you complete the survey and send us a cell phone number, we’ll text you a $10 online gift card which you can use right away. All answers are anonymous–we’ll delete your cell digits after we send your gift card.


Your answers will help us design and improve sexual health interventions and strategies for Hudson Valley men.

Thank you for your participation!

amfAR’s New Study Shows Dire Consequences from Elevated HIV Cases among Black Gay Men in the U.S.

November 18th, 2014

“Despite efforts to reduce disparities in HIV transmission among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States by optimizing treatment outcomes, significant racial disparities in HIV prevalence will likely persist for decades due to an alarmingly high concentration of HIV in black gay men, a new report finds.

Black MSM in the U.S. have been disproportionately affected by HIV since the beginning of the epidemic, although studies show that black men do not engage in more risk-associated behaviors than white men, and are just as, if not more, consistent about condom use and HIV testing.  Yet disparities in HIV incidence and prevalence between black and white MSM in the U.S. remain largely unexplained.

Reporting in the November 18 online edition of The Lancet HIV, researchers from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, assessed how existing disparities in HIV prevalence and in the HIV continuum of care explain differences in HIV incidence in MSM.”

Read the rest of the report summary on amfAR’s website: www.amfar.org/Racial-Disparities/

Learn more about HVCS’ programs for young gay black men in the hardest-hit areas of the Hudson Valley.

Photos from Our Cheese & Wine Tasting Party

November 6th, 2014

HVCS held an exclusive cheese and wine tasting party at the Beacon Pantry (in Beacon, of course) on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Owner Stacey Penlon and cheese fanatic Jen guided an intimate group of supporters through the seven styles of cheese, while local wine expert Bob Brink paired each offering with a special wine. It was a trip around the globe and through time as Stacey and Jen revealed the mysterious beginnings of cheese and the traditional methods now being revived by artisanal cheesemakers. Guests went home with some HVCS schwag, a Parmigiano Reggiano frisbee, and a huge block of knowledge about cheese!

St. James in Hyde Park to Donate 10+ Thanksgiving Dinners to HVCS Families

November 3rd, 2014

St. James Antiochan Orthodox Church will be donating more than 10 full Thanksgiving dinners to some of our Dutchess County clients and families in need. St. James is located on Violet Avenue in Hyde Park. Special thanks to Rheem Nesheiwat for coordinating this effort!

If your church, temple, office or group would like to organize a food drive or donate dinners for our clients, please contact us at (914) 785-8326. Thank you very much!

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities at our Hawthorne Office

October 23rd, 2014

HVCS’ Education Department is looking for someone to help out with cleaning out our famous “Condom Room” in our Hawthorne office. We’re looking for someone who is OK with lifting heavy boxes, breaking down cardboard, and has a great sense of organization. This should only take a few hours of volunteer time.

Our Client Services department is on the hunt for a helper to assist with cleaning out our File Room. This involves pulling old files from filing cabinets and shredding papers. This project will take several days of work, and can be done a few hours at a time. There’s no deadline or huge rush, however. The volunteer needs to be a self-starter and OK with spending many hours alone in the file room – slipping on some headphones and working along to your own music is highly encouraged!

Both opportunities are available Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.

If interested, please contact J. Dewey by email or by phone at (914) 785-8326. Thank you for your interest in HVCS!

Webinars on HIV & Medicaid, Viral Suppression & PrEP Now Available Any Time

October 22nd, 2014

Exciting news for service providers or anyone interested in learning more about complex HIV-related issues! Our Regional Training Center now has archived webinar trainings available online, so you can catch up on the latest protocols at your convenience. All archived trainings are available for the public free of charge at any time. Check out our brand-new page of archived webinars and learn something new! If you need any additional information, please call (914) 785-8278.

All trainings are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Food Drives

October 16th, 2014
Ardsley High School's Silver Lining Club collected food donations for us at DeCicco's Market on Sunday, Nov. 10th.

Ardsley High School’s Silver Lining Club will collect food donations for us at DeCicco’s Market on Sunday, October 26th.

Now that we’re in the second half of October (where does it go?), it’s time to start thinking about the holidays…and for many of you, that means thinking about making food donations to our food pantries. Check out these upcoming opportunities to drop off non-perishable foods, or organize your own food drive like the kind people at the Woodlands Community Temple!

Sunday, October 26Ardsley HS Silver Lining Club’s food drive at DeCicco’s Market in Ardsley

The week of  November 24 – River Station Restaurant in Poughkeepsie (part of Prephab and the Hudson Valley Bears’ Thanksgiving Eve food drive)

Friday, December 12 – “Fill Chill” Holiday Food & Gift Drive and Donate-a-thon at Chill Wine Bar in Beacon


Wondering what we need? Download our Holiday Food Drive Wish List 2014 (MS Word format)

Yom Kippur Food Drive Nets 150+ Boxes of Food

October 14th, 2014

The Woodlands Community Temple filled our Hawthorne food pantry with the results of the food drive they held on Saturday, October 4th at their Yom Kippur services. The congregation’s response was so overwhelming that they had to rent a truck to transport all the non-perishable foods to us. Volunteers unloaded 151 boxes of food last week. This much-needed food will go towards our emergency food closet for our clients’ families and those who need emergency service. Thank you to to the Woodlands Community Temple, and organizer Sandi Leib-Geiger!