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

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.

If you are living with HIV, the first step is to meet with an intake specialist. Walk-in appointments are available Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Monday and Friday hours are by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling 212-367-1057 or emailing intake@gmhc.org. If you are HIV negative or don’t know your HIV status, contact Melvin Bruce, senior director of community health, via email at melvinb@gmhc.org or Ph. 212-367-1361.

Yes, our services have different eligibility requirements. An intake specialist can help you understand requirements for our different services.

Services

Contact

Melvin Bruce, director of community health, at melvinb@gmhc.org or Ph. 212-367-1361. You can also direct message us on the Clubhouse Facebook page.

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