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Try to not catch this smile

Allen came to Harlem United four years ago, living in shelters, out of work, struggling with substance abuse and depression. Today, he's a college student and a peer educator. Watch him tell his story.

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Runner Spotlight: Adrian Aliberti

Every year, a group of people come together to raise money for Harlem United while running the New York City marathon. It's an inspiring mix: long-time runners mixed with first-time marathoners, Harlem United staff mixed with local community members mixed with supporters overseas. After this year's race, Adrian Aliberti, a Harlem United team member from Argentina, sent us this message about his experience running the marathon. I want to congratulate Harlem United for the HUGE and important social activity that you are doing. It was a real pleasure for me to run for such ...

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NYC Makes Birth Certificate Gender Correction Easier

There's good news for New Yorkers this week! On December 8, the New York City Council voted to end the discriminatory policy requiring transgender people to undergo surgery before being issued a birth certificate with their corrected sex. The new legislation comes after Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of three transgender people who were refused an accurate birth certificate four years ago. Now, the process will be significantly easier.  The city will require only a statement from a licensed health care provider ...

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This is how harm reduction works

249 people with a history of drug use—past or present—entered our six-month long Recovery Support Services program this year to make progress on their recovery goals. We use a harm reduction model to meet clients where they are and support them in making changes that help them to accomplishing their long-term goals. Many of our clients have tried and failed to completely stop using drugs in the past and come to Harlem United because they know we will support them throughout the process of their recovery, regardless of their end goal. And it works. 93 clients ...

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Make an impact with us on #GivingTuesday

At its heart, Giving Tuesday is about making an impact. I’m proud that at Harlem United, we evaluate every program’s impact to make sure that we accomplish what we set out to accomplish. Today, I want to share more about one aspect of our work that makes us unique. By supporting current and former drug users in making healthy decisions for their lives, we choose to meet them where they are. We know not every drug user is ready to stop right away which is why we offer an Integrated Harm Reduction Program for active users and robust Recovery Support Services for those ...

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On World AIDS Day, a look back at 2014

What an incredible year it's been in the fight against AIDS! On World AIDS Day, we're looking back at the successes of 2014 and celebrating. What was your favorite moment this year?

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A Thanksgiving Tradition at Harlem United

I want to say thank you for your support of Harlem United. Though our agency has been providing hope, health, and healing to Harlem and beyond for over 25 years, blogging and our email newsletter are new for us, and I am excited to be able to communicate regularly with you in these ways. One of my favorite Harlem United traditions happens this time every year. Each year, we give out grocery store gift cards to our clients to help them celebrate Thanksgiving with all the trimmings! Giving out Thanksgiving gift cards isn’t an official program and it’s not ...

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Running for a Reason: Alison Desir

Want to run the NYC United Airlines Half Marathon? Learn more about how you can get guaranteed entry to the race and a customized training plan at harlemunited.org/running Alison Desir is probably superwoman—in running gear. She arrived to our meeting early, dressed to run, (of course), and was totally calm, despite being somewhere in the middle of her four-career day. “Everyone thinks I’m always about to go running,” she laughed.  “This time of year, I usually am.” Alison is one of thousands of runners who run the New York City Marathon for charity. ...

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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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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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