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Services for Women

Women’s Care, Prevention and Support Services (WCPSS)

WCPSS is comprised of two HIV/STI prevention and care programs targeting individuals who identify as women who are HIV-positive or HIV-negative but at very high risk for getting HIV: Women Empowering Women (WEW) and Together We Can (TWC). Each program offers various services with different eligibility criteria.

The Women Empowering Women program provides easily accessible harm reduction, recovery readiness, and relapse prevention to women living with HIV or AIDS who are actively using drugs, relapsing, or in early stages of recovery. In addition to individual, family, and group alcohol and drug counseling, this program offers auricular acupuncture and Seeking Safety, an evidence-based intervention to help clients achieve their goals. Harm Reduction Counselors are supported by Client Navigators, who support client engagement and offer service coordination activities to promote access to and maintenance of HIV primary care. Harm Reduction Services focuses on black and Latino individuals who identify as women who may also be unstably housed, immigrants, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated, commercial sex workers, seriously persistently mentally ill, and engaging in high-risk behaviors such as having unprotected sex with men. WEW works closely with primary care providers to coordinate care and ensure viral suppression.
Together We Can targets HIV-positive women and high-risk HIV-negative women in New York City with heterosexual transmission as their only risk factor. TWC provides prevention education and support  through group-level interventions to increase women’s knowledge about HIV transmission and improve skills in negotiating safety. Group and individual counseling, crisis intervention and referrals provide psychosocial stabilization for women living with HIV, access to HIV treatment, and maintenance in care. Healthy Choices is an open, introductory six-week group with a homegrown curriculum. After completing the six-week group, participants can join Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women (WILLOW), another group intervention that emphasizes gender pride; informs women how to identify and maintain supportive social networks; teaches coping strategies to reduce life stressors; enhances awareness of STI transmission and HIV reinfection risk behaviors; teaches communication skills for negotiating safer sex and condom use; and helps participants distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Parenting Enhancement Skills is a ten-week group that provides women with information to build new skills to create a better and more productive relationship with their children. Choosing Life: Empowerment! Action! Results! (CLEAR) is an evidence-based HIV prevention and health promotion intervention delivered one-on-one using cognitive behavior techniques. Safer-sex workshops are also  offered throughout the year.

For more information, please contact Nelly Melendez, or (212) 367-1325.