7 Questions & Answers About PrEP to Prevent HIV

Let’s Start with the basics: What exactly IS PrEP? PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and is an HIV-prevention method in which people who do not have HIV can take a pill daily to reduce their risk of becoming infected. The treatment named Truvada© contains two of the medications that can be used to treat people who already have HIV. The FDA approved this treatment in July 2012 as PrEP after large-scale clinical trials showed that it was effective. But wait, isn’t there a treatment called PEP? Is it different? There is! PEP stands for post-exposure prophy...

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White House visits Harlem United

Harlem United was honored to host Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. He visited to learn from our success and challenges to inform his work nationwide. While he was here, Mr. Brooks and his team met not only with senior staff who shared the details of our work–including housing as healthcare, our work to improve the HIV/AIDS treatment cascade, and our Ryan White funded program—he also spoke directly with clients to hear their stories, and to share his own story as a person living with HIV.

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Douglas M. Brooks, White House Director of Office of National AIDS Policy visits

Yesterday, Harlem United was honored to host Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. We are one of just a few agencies that Mr. Brooks is visiting during his regional listening tour and he's looking to us to learn from our success and challenges to inform his work nationwide. While he was here, Mr. Brooks and his team met not only with senior staff who shared the details of our work--including housing as healthcare, our work to improve the HIV/AIDS treatment cascade, and our Ryan White funded program—he also spoke directly ...

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Getting happy at Pride

June capped off an exciting and event-packed LGBTQ Pride Month for Harlem United. Staff were on-hand at Harlem Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Queens Pride, and New York City Pride to provide rapid HIV testing to Pride-goers and to distribute information and resources for safer sex and HIV/STI prevention. The Harlem United family came out in full force as staff, clients, and supporters joined together to celebrate LGBTQ pride in the historic New York City Pride March down Fifth Avenue, along Christopher Street, and right past the Stonewall Inn, where the riots in 1969 inspired ...

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Governor Cuomo’s Plan to End AIDS

On behalf of the thousands served by Harlem United, we applaud Governor Cuomo’s bold endorsement of the Plan to End AIDS in New York State, announced yesterday, just hours before the 45th annual Gay Pride Parade. The Plan, called ‘Bending the Curve,’ aims to identify, track, and treat people with HIV, with the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020. This announcement makes New York State the first jurisdiction in the world to commit publicly to the effort to end AIDS. “While we are heartened by the progress we have made in confronting AIDS ...

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Mobile dental hits the streets!

Our first dental mobile unit hit the streets, allowing Harlem United to meet the clients where they are, specifically in those neighborhoods with prevalence of a high rate of homelessness.

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We become a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center

We were awarded a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) grant. This designation gives Harlem United the opportunity to provide homeless clients with healthcare services they would otherwise not be able to access.

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Country’s only Spanish-language Adult Day Health Care program for people living with HIV/AIDS opens

We opened the first (and only) Spanish-language Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) program to address the rapidly growing Latino population affected by HIV/AIDS. The program was called El Faro, which means The Lighthouse in Spanish.

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Harlem United co-founds Amida Care

We became a founding member and co-owner of Amida Care (then Vida Care), the only Medicaid special needs health plan owned by community based organizations, designed for persons living with HIV/AIDS in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

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Adult Day Health Care opens at Harlem United

Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) licensure would extend medical interventions to disenfranchised clients. This was a bold move, as other agencies had passed on this opportunity, and it would prove to be successful.

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