To increase awareness, sexual health education, and accessibility of PrEP services for the Two Spirit community and beyond. Many Two-Spirit individuals from nations across North
America remain unaware of PrEP as an option for their HIV Prevention method arsenal due to lack of community speciﬁc awareness efforts and visibility, for the estimated 80,000 native americans in NYC. PrEPahHontoz seeks to create an enriching awareness experience with culturally competent and appropriate methods, increasing PrEP awareness, and decreasing social and cultural stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, and HIV Prevention. Native Americans have the lowest health and social status of any community in NYC
The National HIV Strategy 2020 included Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis among the recommended HIV Prevention Tools however the under-served and under-reported, American Indians/Alaskan Natives lack access to this information. Many challenges present themselves in a number of ways.
1. Encourage Native people to get educated and to learn more about HIV/AIDS and it's impact in their community;
2. Work together to encourage testing options and HIV counseling in Native communities;
3. Help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing in Native communities through educational materials and use of marketing strategies.
National HIV Testing Day was first observed on June 27, 1995.
GMHC Offers Free Rapid Response HIV Testing!
The HIV Testing Center is open for walk-ins and by appointment at the following times:
Monday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (closed from 12:30 – 2:30 pm for administrative functions)
Friday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (12:30 – 4:30 pm, the 2nd Friday of each month)
Saturday: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
By Appointment (please call 212-367-1100 to schedule):
Thursday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
All testing is free and confidential. Please allow 5 to 10 minutes to complete an intake form before seeing a test counselor. Doors close 30 minutes before closing time, so please arrive before then to be tested.
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The HIV Age Positively initiative also supports projects intended to change policies and practices, and share resources within communities. Projects could focus on evaluation of possible interventions or community advocacy campaigns, establishment of an institute on HIV and aging, and more.
PrEPahHontoz/Sheldon Raymore joined the AIDS Institute Ending The Epidemic Native American Advisory Group. The goal of this advisory group is to develop specific implementation strategies in support of the Ending the Epidemic (ETE) Blueprint recommendations. We want to prioritize and optimize the health needs of Native Americans across New York State. It has been noted that New York State Native American communities are underrepresented in the current data systems and in the conversations addressing Ending the Epidemic efforts.
(Formerly known as National Minority AIDS Council)
PrEPahHontoz/Sheldon Raymore is apart of NMAC's Native Constituent Advisory Panel (CAP) representing on behalf of the American Indian Community House and is committed to ending the epidemic.
Sponsored the PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project
Native People can prevent HIV/AIDS by TALKING about HIV/AIDS. Share your story or simply follow the script in the bubble to remind people, relatives, the government, or your neighbors that HIV/AIDS is still a threat to our communities. We all need to speak up and support those living with HIV/AIDS and continue to fight for health care. Together we can end HIV/AIDS.
"I am (name) from the (Tribe). This message is for Council members, government members and legislators. I believe that every Native person has the right to wellness and health. HIV testing and services for people living with HIV are needed all over Native America. I stand in solidarity!"
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