New Partnership Aims to Serve LGBT Youth

  • December 6, 2011
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AID FOR AIDS International’s New York Immigrant AIDS Link (NYIAL) program has launched a major effort to provide services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth in New York City’s five boroughs.
Via a partnership with the Queens Lesbian & Gay Community Center Inc. (dba Queens Pride House), NYIAL plans to offer a wide variety of services to LGBT youth who have tested positive for HIV, or who are sexually active and at risk of infection.  The specific services provided by NYIAL under the new partnership will include community outreach; HIV testing and counseling; case management for newly diagnosed clients (hospital escorts, immigration counseling, translation services, etc.), and referrals to Queens Pride House for HIV preventive education and psycho-social support. QPH, in addition to providing HIV peer education and psycho-support groups, will offer appropriate space for HIV testing and counseling, and overall coordination of all LGBT youth program activities.
“Although NYIAL has long been serving LGBT youth as part of our overall program, this partnership takes that activity to a new level,” noted Dr. Jaime Valencia, AFAI’s director of operations. “It gives us a way of increasing our reach among a high-risk group that up to now has been severely underserved by the existing social service infrastructure in New York.”
Dr. Valencia added that NYIAL’s considerable expertise and experience in working with immigrant and minority populations were key to its participation in the new LGBT youth initiative.
“This partnership has all the necessary ingredients for success,” Dr. Valencia concluded. “Two organizations who share the same mission, have complementary capabilities and extensive backgrounds working at the grass-roots level. By making full use of our combined resources and connections to the target population, we expect to make a make a significant impact in the community.”