Regional Prevention Initiative

HVCS' Regional Prevention Initiative

Project ALERT

Project ALERT is a prevention and testing program aimed at high-risk heterosexuals.  High-risk heterosexuals are people who exchange sex for drugs or money, have unprotected sex with HIV-positive partners, engage in unprotected sex while they are intoxicated or under the influence of a substance, or persons who use needles to inject drugs.  If you fall into any of these categories our services might be just right for you.

Prevention Specialists are specially trained individuals well versed in HIV and STI information, and they have a solid  understanding of substance abuse and mental illness. Prevention specialists have access to a wide array of resources and are able to make referrals for most medical issues or concerns. We also offer guidance and support regarding PrEP: pre-exposure prophylaxis–taking an anti-HIV medication daily to prevent HIV infection. In addition to these services ALERT staffers also hold small group sessions aimed at increasing your knowledge about safer sex as well as empowering you to make positive decisions when it comes to sex. As always, we have a wide selection of safer sex  and injection supplies available.

All of our services are free so why wait? Give us a call today and see how ALERT can help you stay healthy.

Westchester, Rockland, Putnam: Call 914-785-8317

Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan: 845-471-0707, ext. 13

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Project INFORM

Are you a guy who hooks up with other guys? Project INFORM may be of interest to you.

Project INFORM provides education/prevention services along with testing services specifically for guys who hook up with guys. We offer a safe non-judgmental environment where we can have open and frank conversations about safer sex, STI’s, hooking up, culture and community. Our Prevention Specialists are well versed in LGBTQ-friendly referrals for anything you might need from medical care to mental health or even substance use. We also offer guidance and support regarding PrEP: pre-exposure prophylaxis–taking an anti-HIV medication daily to prevent HIV infection.

Our Prevention Specialists offer safer sex workshops on an ongoing basis too. These are groups for guys who want to talk about sex, taboos, family, community and everything in between, all while meeting new people in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

For more information or to schedule an appointment give us a call:

Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam: 914-785-8214

Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster: 845-471-0707 ext.16

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PREREQUISITES FOR TESTING

In order for HVCS to provide you with an HIV test, you must fall into at least one of these categories. If you do no meet the testing criteria, we will refer you to another agency that offers free, confidential HIV testing.

Here at HVCS we are grant funded to test the following people:

  • People who use needles to inject drugs (IDUs)
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who have had sex in exchange for drugs or money
  • People who have had sex while high and/or drunk
  • People who have had sex with:
    • intravenous drug users (IDUs)
    • a person you know to be HIV-positive
    • transgender individuals
    • a male that has sex with males
    • another person who has sex in exchange for drugs or money

If you fit into one of these categories, we will be happy to make an appointment for HIV testing. If none of these categories, seem to fit you, give us a call so that we can refer you to a free local alternative where you can receive all the same services.