New HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education is now available for youth
If New York State wants to End the Epidemic by 2020, HIV transmission in at-risk populations must be attacked head on. Men who have sex with men, or MSM, is the most vulnerable population in today’s HIV epidemic. HIV infections within the YMSM (young men who have sex with men) community are also on the rise.
The Young Men’s Project Action Plan
The Q Center at ACR Health has had long-standing ties with the YMSM population in Central New York. Because of these ties, the New York State Department of Health’s, AIDS Institute, has awarded ACR Health a first-ever $150,000 grant to target YMSM, ages 13-29, to combat new HIV infections.
ACR Health has a new program, The Young Men’s Project, that will greatly increase our ability to reach YMSM with access to HIV/STD testing and other prevention services like PrEP (a daily drug that prevents HIV infections with 99% effectiveness.)
The Young Men’s Project will serve 150 young men through testing for HIV, Hepatitis, and STDs; provide youth-friendly services and a safe space; use a positive youth development approach; employ new media and social networks; provide comprehensive sexual health education and safer sex supplies, as well as access to HIV/HCV/STD testing and screening; link clients with other prevention services, such as PrEP.
If you would like to be tested, click here or call 800.475.2430.
New York estimates that there were 2,925 new HIV infections in 2013.
• MSM comprised 71% of estimated new infections.
• One in every three estimated new infection was in persons aged 25-34 years.
• People ages 25-34 had the greatest estimated number of new infections of any age group (966).
National statistics from the CDC show similar trends among younger MSM dating to 2010.
• YMSM are at particular risk. In 2010, this group accounted 20% of all new HIV infections.
• New infections among YMSM increased by 22% between 2008 and 2010, the most significant increase of any age group.