ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Resources for Program Participants

Below are resources that HIV/STD/HCV program providers may want to recommend to adult program participants. See the sidebar for resources designed primarily for younger adolescents.

Comprehensive Resources

The Body
TheBody.com: From the basics about HIV to stories about positive living to resources for activists, this comprehensive site includes online HIV/AIDS Resource Centers for gay men, African Americans, Latinos, and Trans People, among others.

Avert
This site provides comprehensive information and resources on HIV and STDs.

Greater Than AIDS
Kaiser Family Foundation: This site offers HIV testing, prevention, and treatment information, as well as videos of people telling personal stories about how HIV has affected their lives.

The Black AIDS Institute
The mission of the Black AIDS Institute is to stop the AIDS pandemic in black communities by engaging and mobilizing institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. They do this by interpreting public and private sector HIV policies, conducting trainings, offering technical assistance, disseminating information, and providing advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically black point of view.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Educational Materials
New York State Department of Health: This page connects to detailed information on the most common STDs.

Risk and Prevention

HIV and Gay and Bisexual Men
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: This site covers risk factors, preventive measures, and testing options for men who have sex with men.

Emergency HIV Treatment (PEP) Fact Sheet
Avert: This article describes post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), a short course of medication that may prevent infection if used within 72 hours of exposure to HIV.

HIV Risk Reduction Tool
CDC: This customizable risk reduction tool is intended to help individuals learn about their risk of getting or transmitting HIV and HCV, and explains how to lower that risk.

Gay Health, Sex, and HIV
Avert: In this hub, Avert brings together all of their resources on sex, HIV, and sexual health for gay men. Video and article topics include how to have safer oral and anal sex, HIV and chemsex, PrEP, living with HIV, and more.

Sharing Needles to Inject Drugs and HIV
Avert: This article clarifies exactly how HIV transmission can occur from injecting drugs, and how to reduce the risk.

Alcohol and Drug Use and HIV Risk
HIV.gov: This article describes how substance use increases the risk of HIV transmission and explains prevention strategies.

Condomology
American Sexual Health Association: Everything you ever wanted to know about condoms can be found on this site.

Testing and Treatment

It's Your (Sex) Life: GYT (Get Yourself Tested) FAQs
MTV: On this sexual health website, find answers to questions such as "Why should I get tested?" and "Which STDs should I get tested for?"

STD Clinics in New York State
New York State Department of Health: Click on your county or borough to find local STD clinics.

Sexual Health Clinics in New York City
NYC Health: There are eight sexual health clinics in NYC offering low- to no-cost STD/HIV services.

MyTransHealth
MyTransHealth connects people who are transgender with qualified, culturally competent providers in their neighborhood. Their location-based search tool offers resources in four categories: medical, mental health, legal, and crisis care.

Paying for HIV Care and Treatment
HIV.gov: This website addresses common concerns related to paying for HIV treatments and discusses resources that can help you pay for the care you need.

Well Versed
NASTAD: This new online community seeks to bridge the communication gap between black men and their health care providers. Site users can recommend and rate health care providers. The site also offers advice about maximizing time with a provider during a health care visit as well as self-care after the visit. Videos of candid conversations about sexual health and related topics are also available on the site.

HIV and/or HCV Positive

Living with HIV/AIDS
AIDS Institute, NYS Department of Health: On this page, the NYS Department of Health links to resources for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS, including programs that provide access to free care for NYS residents who are uninsured or underinsured.

Living with HIV
Avert: This collection of articles includes personal stories; encouragement; and information on being newly diagnosed, treatment, maintaining health and well-being, and sharing your diagnosis.

Positively Aware
Test Positive Aware Network: Originally a publication about HIV treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers, Positively Aware also provides information on hepatitis C. Find online Drug Guides for HIV and Hepatitis B and C, and information on paying for PrEP, HIV treatment, and PEP.

HCV & HIV Co-Infection: The Basics of Living with Two Infections (PDF)
Project Inform: This publication is designed for people diagnosed with both HCV and HIV. Along with summaries of HIV and HCV, topics include safer drug use, sexual transmission of HCV (which is more common with coinfection), health recommendations, and support resources. The booklet is also available in Spanish (PDF).

Confronting Stigma: Speaking Out About HIV

Speak-Out
Greater Than AIDS: In these videos, gay and bisexual men talk about disclosing their HIV status and other HIV-related issues.

Empowered
Greater Than AIDS: Here, transgender women talk about their experience with HIV.