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MENS Project


The MENS Project: Strategies to cut HIV/STD risk for men


Not long after the AIDS epidemic began in 1981, scientists discovered that HIV was most commonly spread through the exchange of bodily fluids during unprotected sex; and that condoms helped to stop the spread.  Condom use increased and HIV rates dropped, but now HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) are on the rise again.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this month that of the 37,600 new HIV infections in the U.S. annually: 


  • 70% are among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (2017).

  • 56% of estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV in U.S. are MSM

In response to the increase of HIV among men who have sex with men, and particularly young men of color, ACR Health designed the MENS Project (Men Empowering and Nurturing Self) to address the needs of these men through empowerment activities.  The MENS Project provides comprehensive prevention programming to include street outreach, STD (chlamydia and gonorrhea) screening, rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing, and comprehensive individualized prevention counseling in Syracuse, Watertown, and Utica.  To learn more, email or call 800.475.2430


MENS Project sponsors a regular Syracuse meeting on the first Friday of every month for VOICES/VOCES, a program for men who want the latest information on how to stay safe from HIV.  Refreshments and gift cards available.  Reserve your spot for the next meeting here