Youth & Young Adults
How We Can Help
Young people are particularly vulnerable to new HIV infections. In 2019, youth and young adults ages 13-29 accounted for 39 percent of all new HIV infections in New York City. Lack of employment among young people, particularly those who are LGBTQ+, can contribute to behaviors putting them at higher risk of contracting HIV.
HIV prevention is a major focus of our work. We serve youth and young adults ages 18-29 who are recently diagnosed with HIV, have been living with HIV, or are HIV-negative. Our services are designed to support and protect the health and well-being of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, or non-binary (LGBTGNC).
Programs for Youth and Young Adults
- The Clubhouse is a youth drop-in space for LGBTGNC youth of color and young adults who want to learn how to make smart decisions in their lives.
- House of Latex Project offers year-round programs for LGBTGNC youth and young adults of color within New York City’s House & Ball Community regardless of HIV status. Members of the H&B community, including houses and groups, have access to meeting spaces three evenings per week to conduct house practices, mini- Kiki ball competitions, and vogue lessons. We can help link community members to empowerment groups, workshops, and curriculum-based HIV prevention education services, HIV counseling, testing, and higher threshold services.
Youth & Young Adults
Frequently Asked Questions
18 years of age.
No, most of our programs for youth and young adults are people who are HIV negative.
No, youth and young adults do not need to be a client of GMHC in order to access these programs.
You can complete the secure and confidential form on this page or call (212) 367-1057. Due to COVID-19, staff are providing remote intake services by phone for people who wish to become a GMHC client and access services. Staff will assess your needs and make referrals to programs and services provided by GMHC and/or our partners throughout New York City.
Yes, our services have different eligibility requirements. An intake specialist can help you understand requirements for our different services.