Among the many essential and valuable services offered by AFAI in New York, free and confidential HIV testing ranks among our top priorities in the area of HIV prevention. Beginning 3 years ago with the rapid testing program in our offices, AFAI has been able to find a wide range of organizational partners to exponentially expand this service by taking it off site on a regular basis. What’s the secret sauce? The urgency of our team and its call to immediate action: “Now is the Time to Know!”
After getting certified by the New York State Dept. of Health to offer rapid and confidential testing, our office opened its door for anybody who wanted to get tested. Whether by appointment or walk-in, everybody is welcomed. However, our team understood we needed to go the extra mile and bring HIV testing out to the community.
AID FOR AIDS has, for years, been doing outreach at local Latin American consulates where we provide vital HIV prevention information and we have been actively involved in health fairs, conferences and seminars where HIV information is disseminated. The certification has not only given us the ability to give out information but also allows us to go above and beyond so that participants can get results immediately upon taking the HIV test.
The results have been impressive. For example, on April 12th, at the 4th annual LGBTQ Immigration Fair and Cultural Event organized by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center (The Center), our team over tested 30 people during the fair. The effort is ongoing and as of today, we are out testing, testing, testing. Through a partnership with Bioscrip, we provide HIV testing in their Chelsea location every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We’re also at the Mexican Consulate testing every Thursday and in the Colombian Consulate every 3rd Wednesday of the month. The test is quick and easy so there’s no reason to put it off any longer: “Now is the Time to Know!”
So … why not get tested today? Call David Mosquera or Robert Gonzalez at 212-337-8043