HCC is Proud to be a Part of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Vision: "The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination."
Read more about the strategy here.
To help achieve the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, HCC is implementing community based programs that promote the importance of HIV testing and work to decrease the stigma of HIV and AIDS. We do this in the following ways:
- Encouraging free HIV testing: We offer FREE and fully confidential HIV testing.
- Work to reduce stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV and AIDS. Our health educators and staff provide one-on-one counseling with all of our clients in which we offer up-to-date education materials on HIV/AIDS that address and debunk the myths and fears of the virus. Our office is a safe space for anyone to come and speak to us.
- HIV/AIDS Educations. We count with a fun and committed staff of health educators that provide HIV/AIDS educational materials to all of our clients and community. Our educators are constantly attending training sessions and studying the latest educational materials to offer the best and accurate information on HIV/AIDS education.
- Advocate for Proper Health Care. At HCC, we emphasize the importance of risk reduction behaviors to prevent new HIV infections. We do this in a variety of ways from free condom distribution to peer training on proper risk reduction education.
- Support for People Living with HIV/AIDS. HCC provides safe supportive housing for people living with HIV and their family members. We keep track of our positive clients to encourage treatment adherence as well as provide or refer them to any additional services that they might need in order to live a long and healthy life. At HCC, it is our personal commitment to incorporate our positive clients into the community and for the community to welcome them.
In February 1990, the Food and Drug Administration recommended to the U.S. government that all blood donations should exclude all people from Haiti or the sub-Saharan region. Leaders of Haitian-American organizations and organizers rallied in NYC to protest this racist guideline. Read more about this historical rally that took over the Brooklyn bridge and downtown NYC.