New York State Communities of Color (Project REACH)
Free and confidential HIV rapid testing and counseling
Free and confidential Hepatitus C rapid testing
Free and confidential urine screenings for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Referrals to mental health treatment services and substance abuse treatment
Single-session, video-based HIV/STI prevention programs designed to encourage condom use and improve condom negotiation skills
Collaboration with newly diagnosed and existing clients in identifying their social networks
Project REACH (Risk Education Awareness Community Health) provides rapid HIV and HCV counseling, testing, and referral services as well as STI(sexually transmitted infection) screenings for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, to at-risk racial and ethnic heterosexual minority adults 16 years and older. In addition, the program provides Health Education Risk Reduction services and a single session workshop titled VOICES/VOCES, designed to develop condom negotiation skills.
- More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don't know it.
- Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.
- Black/African American account for 45% of newly diagnosed HIV cases.
- Hispanic/Latinos account for 24% of newly diagnosed HIV cases.
- An estimated 2.7 - 3.9 million people in the United States have chronic Hepatitis C.
- 3/4 of those infected with chronic Hepatitis C are baby boomers.
- 20 million STIs occur annually
- Individuals with STIs are more likely than uninfected individuals to acquire HIV if exposed.
- The majority of individuals infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea show no symptoms - if left untreated these infections can cause infertility.