6.18.2008

Getting Tested in NYC

New York City Hospitals To Offer Free Rapid, HIV Tests
New York City hospitals will soon offer free, rapid HIV tests for "tens of thousands" of people.
According to the New York Daily News, under the deal negotiated by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the manufacturer of the test, OraSure Technologies, will "donate the rapid tests to city hospitals so they don't have to dip into their budgets to pay for the kits."
New York City has the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in the country, and, for the sixth straight year, seroconversion rates have risen among men under 30 years old. The largest increase was among young gay black men. The CDC reports "a third of patients who are tested for HIV in a public health clinic fail to return for the results." The results for the oral rapid test are available within 20 minutes and could be provided to patients before they leave.
"The Health and Hospital Corp., which runs city hospitals, is aiming to test 150,000 patients for the deadly virus this year and expand to 160,000 next year."
Now, at least in New York City, there is no excuse not to get tested.
Thousands of Quick HIV Tests Will Be Avail. [NYDN]
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You can also get tested for free at the NYCDH&MH (New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene) They provide the rapid test for HIV/AIDS as well as testing for Gonneriah & Chlamydia and other diseases. They also provide free condoms, lubes and female condoms!

Free and Confidential Clinics
NOTE: All Clinics will be Closed on Thursday July 10. This include regular and evening hours.
Bronx
Brooklyn
Manhattan
Staten Island
Queens
Although we understand that most individuals may want to be examined and if necessary treated by their primary care provider, the Health Department does provide free and confidential STD clinics to the public. Clinic locations, phone numbers, and hours of operation, as well as what you can expect during a visit to one of our clinics, follows.

NOTE: Minors do NOT need parental consent for examination and treatment. For additional information, call 311. These clinics are located in all five boroughs, with some having Saturday hours.

What You Can Expect During a Visit to an STD Clinic
Upon arriving at the Clinic, you will be asked to fill out a form with information about yourself and your reasons for coming to the clinic. Your medical records are confidential, meaning no one has access to them except authorized Health Department personnel. On this form, a number will be written. To ensure your confidentiality, you will be called by that number throughout your clinic visit. During registration, you will be called and seen by a clinicians. Our medical staff is made up of doctors who have been practicing the specialty of diagnosing and treating STDs for some time. Please be accurate and detailed when providing information, so that we can provide you with the best medical and counseling services, when discussing your medical history with the clinician.

During the medical exam, a clinician will take specimens, some of which will be tested at our on-site lab. A microbiologists will perform the lab tests and share the results with your doctor. If indicated by those results, you will recieve medication before you depart the clinic. Some specimens though may be sent to an outside lab for testing. The clinic staff will let you know how and when to get those results so you can come in for additional treatment and follow-up if required.

HIV Counseling and Rapid HIV Testing is also offered at the clinic. You have the option to test confidentially or anonymously. The results of confidential testing are given to the patient in writing which would be necessary for follow-up medical care. Anonymous testing results are not linked to a person's name but a patient does have the option of converting his or her results to a confidential status if desired. To further understand the benefits of each, speak with one of our staff or call the DOHMH Call Center (1-800-825-5448).

Viral hepatitis services are offered at several clinics*. Hepatitis C screening is available for patients at risk of infection. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. Vaccine for Hepatitis B is available to ALL patients who have not been vaccinated or infected in the past. Vaccine for hepatitis A is available to patients at high risk of infection. Hepatitis A vaccine will NOT be provided for travel purposes.
Emergency contraception is available at all STD clinics on the days when STD services are available (see below).
For additional information please call 311.
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Manhattan
Central Harlem
2238 Fifth Avenue (137th Street) New York, NY 10037
Travel Information: #2 train to 135th Street Map
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, Hepatitis C screening for high risk patients, and HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing:
Monday thru Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday, 8:30am — 12:00pm
INTAKE CLOSES AT 12:00PM EVERY THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING–NOTE: The JUNE clinic meeting will be held on FRDAIY JUNE 13th NOT on Friday June 20th.

East Harlem
158 East 115th Street (off Lexington Avenue) New York, NY 10029
Travel Information: #6 train to 116th Street Map
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, and HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday8:30am to 4:00pm
Monday and Friday — "NO DOCTOR SERVICES" 8:30am to 4:00pm
HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing only
INTAKE CLOSES AT 12:00PM EVERY THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING –NOTE: The JUNE clinic meeting will be held on FRDAIY JUNE 13th NOT on Friday June 20th.

Chelsea
303 Ninth Avenue (28th Street)New York, NY 10001Travel Information: C or E trains to 23rd Street or #1 to 28th Street Map
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B Vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, Hepatitis C screening for high risk patients, HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing:
Monday thru Friday — 8:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday, 8:30am — 12:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday HIV Testing ONLY: 5-7pm
INTAKE CLOSES AT 12:00PM EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING

Riverside
160 West 100th Street (between Columbus/Amsterdam) New York, NY 10025
Travel Information: #1, B, C, to 96th Street Map
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, Hepatitis C screening for high risk patients, HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing:
Monday thru Friday — 8:30am to 4:00pm
INTAKE CLOSES AT 12:00PM EVERY THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING
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Staten Island
Richmond
51 Stuyvesant Place (Wall Street) Staten Island, NY 10301 Map
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, HIV Counseling and Rapid testing.
Thursday 8:30am to 4:00pm
Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday — "NO DOCTOR SERVICES"8:30am to 4:00pm HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing only
INTAKE CLOSES AT 11:00AM EVERY LAST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING
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Bronx
Morrisania
1309 Fulton Ave (E 169th St. off 3rd) Bronx, NY 10456
Travel Information: 2 or 5 trains to 149th and 3rd and #15 or #55 bus to 169th and 3rd Map
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B Vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, Hepatitis C screening for high risk patients, HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing:
Monday thru Friday — 8:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday, 8:30am — 12:00pm
INTAKE CLOSES AT 12:00PM EVERY SECOND FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING
~For more information about HIV testing sites that are not Health Department Clinics in the Bronx, please see Bronx-Wide HIV Testing Initiative.
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Brooklyn
Bushwick Clinic
335 Central Avenue (between Linden St and Grove St)Brooklyn, NY 11221 Map
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, Hepatitis C screening for high risk patients, HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing:
Monday thru Friday – 8:30am to 4:00pm
INTAKE CLOSES AT 12:00PM EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING
Travel Direction to Bushwick Clinic By Bus: The # 46, at Utica Ave. bus, to Gates Avenue. Change for the # 52 at Gates and travel East to Central Ave. Walk on Central Ave., against the traffic, until you reach 335 Central Ave.By Bus: The # 44 Nostrand Ave bus to Gates. Take the Gates Ave.# 52 bus to Central Ave.
Fort Greene295 Flatbush Ave. Extension(located at the corner of Willoughby St. - Near the Fulton Mall and Long Island University)2nd Flr.Brooklyn, NY 11201Travel Information:#2, #3, #5 trains to Nevins AvenueN, R, D trains to Dekalb Avenue Map **Note: Select Map of 295 Flatbush Avenue EXTENSION
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing:
Monday thru Friday — 8:30am to 4:00pmSaturday — 8:30am to 12:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday HIV Testing ONLY: 5-7pm
INTAKE CLOSES AT 12:00PM EVERY LAST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING
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Queens
Corona
34-33 Junction Blvd. (Roosevelt/Northern) Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Travel Information: #7 train to Junction Blvd.; #72 bus to 35th AvenueMap
Tuesday and Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday -- "NO DOCTOR SERVICES"8:30am to 4:00pm HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing only
INTAKE CLOSES AT 12:00PM EVERY LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING

Jamaica
90-37 Parsons Blvd. 1st Flr. (off Jamaica Ave.)Jamaica, NY 11432
Travel Information: E, S, J train to Parsons Blvd. Map
STD Services, Emergency Contraception, Hepatitis B vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine for high risk patients, Hepatitis C screening for high risk patients, HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing:
Monday thru Friday — 8:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday — 8:30am to 12:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday HIV Testing ONLY: 5-7pm
INTAKE CLOSES AT 12:00PM EVERY LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MANDATORY STAFF MEETING

Rockaway
(Operated by Joseph P. Addabbo Health Center)
67-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (Addabbo Health Center) Queens, NY 11692
Travel Information: A train to Beach 67th. Map
STD Services and Confidential HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing
Monday thru Friday — 9:00am to 5:00pmPlease note: Addabbo Health Center is not a DOHMH site, and may charge for emergency contraception.
For more information on AIDS/HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Call 311. (NYC ONLY!)

Phew! LOL Well I hope this helps you guys make the right decisions in getting tested, simply because we in the "lifestyle" know that being safe makes it that much hotter!

Have a great day the Starrphuk way;)!
Rinna

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