New York City – Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) today announced that the organization was awarded a five-year, $1.75 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement an HIV testing and high-impact prevention program for underserved communities throughout New York City. This milestone win for GMHC comes on the heels of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, which was observed on Monday, April 10, 2017. The initiative, called Project Allow, will engage Black and Hispanic MSM ages 13-29 in a multi-pronged, culturally-sensitive integrated HIV testing and prevention program to reduce gaps in health outcomes and HIV transmission rates. Project Allow will provide integrated testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections, linkage to medical care, and targeted interventions to promote healthy sexual behaviors. GMHC was one of two agencies in New York City, one of three in the state, and one of 30 in the country awarded this funding from the CDC.
"GMHC’s Project Allow is a critical investment in New York City youth who otherwise would have limited access to HIV testing and other essential health resources,” said Kelsey Louie, CEO of GMHC. “This initiative, which systematically reaches and delivers targeted services to vulnerable populations, is a fundamental step in ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020 and in the United States by 2025."
About Gay Men's Health Crisis
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, workforce development, housing, mental health, and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit www.gmhc.org.