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. Now there is a once daily pill, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), that sigificantly reduces the chance of HIV infection after unprotected sex and other risky behaviors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2018 that of the 39,782 new HIV cases in the U.S. annually. Men accounted for 63% of the cases.
In response to the increase of HIV among men, particularly young men of color, ACR Health designed the MENS Project to address the needs of 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
Linkage & Navigation Services
The first thing a person newly diagnosed with HIV needs to do is see a medical provider and begin treatment. Prompt treatment makes a big difference in how much impact HIV/AIDS will have on your life and health. Your future sexual or injection drug use behavior could directly impact the health of your partner or partners. How do you reduce the risk of spreading HIV? Our trained professionals have the skills and the answers you need.
The goal of prevention case management services through the MENS Project to take charge of their lives and to connect them with the resources they need to make healthy life decisions (e.g., access to medical care, public assistance, housing assistance, domestic violence services, financial benefits, substance abuse treatment).