Posts Tagged ‘health’

September is Sexual Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

This month we’re talking about sexual health and you. How you can get to know your body and get to know yourself. September is Sexual Health Awareness Month. According to the American Sexual Health Association, sexual health must go beyond outdated views of simply avoiding disease or unplanned pregnancy and should include experiencing pleasure and intimacy when desired, along with respecting the sexual rights we all share. As you think about what sexual health means, you should try to think about your own definitions of sex and how that relates to your body. Much like general physical and mental health, sexual health is just as important to your overall well-being. Educating yourself on your body and knowing what you need is important to being healthy. Your body, your mind, and your desires all matter when it comes to self-care.

Knowing and understanding sexual health means understanding what safer sex looks like. Some good questions to consider are:

  • What does safer sex look like for diverse bodies?
  • How can we make sure we’re being safe and taking care of ourselves?
  • What are your needs and what are your desires?

As you delve into sexual health, it’s about being aware of not only your particular body, but also your potential partners! Whatever your gender or sexual orientation may be, it’s important to embrace your sexuality, educate yourself on safer sex, and respect others’ boundaries.

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National LGBT Health Awareness Week

Friday, March 26th, 2021

National LGBT Health Week

National LGBT Health Awareness Week

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

National LGBT Health Week

National LGBT Health Awareness Week

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

National LGBT Health Week

National LGBT Health Awareness Week

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

National LGBT Health Week

National LGBT Health Awareness Week

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

National LGBT Health Week

Sex & Chocolate: Sexual Health Discussion (Zoom Meeting)

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Sex & ChocolateTalk sexual health with Hudson Valley Community Services and the Newburgh Free Library!

Thursday February 18th at 6:15 p.m.

The program will include a presentation on common STI’s, prevention and harm reduction methods, and methods of safe sex. It will also include a conversation on overall health. After the presentation HVCS will open up the conversation for questions and offer services to anyone who may be interested.

These groups are held in a safe space, are 100% confidential, and are LGBTQ affirming.

Register here:

Aging In Prison: A RealHealth Article Includes Perspective From HVCS

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Jennifer Brathwaite, our Director of Education and Prevention, is quoted in this two-part article on aging in prison on

This a lengthy yet eye-opening article that is well worth the read. Jennifer’s contributing quotes appear in Part Two.

Here’s an excerpt:

Brathwaite finds that sometimes formerly incarcerated seniors may not be aware and educated about issues concerning HIV. “While I wouldn’t want to stereotype or put everyone in the same group, I think that with our older population, there is less knowledge or access to information that’s current about the advancements in this area and in what we know about HIV, hep C, STIs [sexually transmitted infections], infectious disease transmission and things like that,” she observes. “I think there’s still a lot of stigma, specifically around HIV, and a lack of knowledge about how the virus is transmitted.”

Part One

Part Two


The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Is Here To Help!

Friday, July 17th, 2020

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HVCS’ Response to Coronavirus Crisis

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 we will be operating our offices with smaller staff on duty each day.

Contingency plans also include:

  • For program specific information, guidelines and schedules, please contact your HVCS care/case manager or specialist.
  • All face-to-face meetings with clients are suspended until further notice, and there will be no walk-ins in any office.
  • All groups and educational sessions are suspended until further notice.
  • We will continue to provide regular food pantry bags. Until further notice, clients will need to call ahead to arrange for a food bag pickup. We will post flyers with a number to call on our doors.  Food bags will be left outside of the office door, so there is no physical contact. All food bags will need to be pre-packed (no client choice options). During this time, toiletries may not be available due to supply chain issues. If you are in an emergency situation and need food, bags will be provided outside our office space.

These plans will remain in effect for two weeks (until April 1). During this time we will continually re-evaluate our situation and may need to take further steps if we are required to do so by governmental authorities.

Remember these precautions:

  • Frequent handwashing is your best defense!
  • Practice social distancing: stay 6 feet away from others as much as you can. Greet people with a wave rather than physical contact.
  • Keep spaces clean and disinfected. Light switches and phones should be disinfected too!

More plans and news will be forthcoming as they become available. Stay healthy!