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How Do I Become a Client at GMHC?

You can complete the secure and confidential form on this page or call (212) 367-1133.

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.

GMHC Services

GMHC serves all individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or HIV status.

GMHC helps clients with life matters that may not line up specifically with another agency service. These include assistance with navigating government entitlement and benefits programs such as social security, public housing, and food and nutrition. In addition, our staff can liaise with case managers at other agencies and organizations where our clients might need services and help them navigate any issues that they might be experiencing.

The access to healthcare unit helps clients and others needing assistance navigate benefits, entitlements, and insurance issues, both public and private. Our certified staff can assist with accessing benefits through:

  • AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
  • New York State of Health Marketplace
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • COBRA

GMHC’s Testing Center provides free and confidential testing for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis C. We provide each client with education and counseling sessions, and we ensure clients are linked to medical care for the treatment of HIV/STIs and the initiation of PrEP/PEP.

Supportive housing and financial management are a part of our comprehensive approach to support the health and well-being of our clients living with HIV/AIDS. People who are stably housed are more likely to adhere HIV treatment and have positive health outcomes. In addition, financial management skills help ensure our clients can plan a monthly budget and remain stably housed.

We have a staff of experienced attorneys, accredited immigration advocates, and volunteers who provide free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS in NYC. We assist clients with immigration matters, eviction prevention, employment discrimination, debt collection, bankruptcy, public benefits, wills, living wills, health care proxies, and confidentiality complaints. We provide direct legal advocacy, representation, pro se advice, and appropriate referrals.

Our meals and nutrition services support the health and well-being of our clients living with HIV/AIDS. Each year, we provide our clients with over 100,000 meals. Among our services, we offer nutrition counseling, nutrition education groups, monthly food vouchers, and a weekly grab and go food distribution.

Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues can be significant challenges for people living with HIV/AIDS. GMHC provides nonjudgmental mental health services to our clients as part of our comprehensive strategy to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

We provide HIV prevention and community health interventions designed to be culturally relevant and accessible to the communities we serve, including but not limited to: The House and Ball community, Black and Latinx people, people of transgender, gender nonconforming, & non-binary (TGNCNB) experience, women, youth, and young adults.

GMHC provides nonjudgmental substance use services as part of our comprehensive strategy to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our services are designed to help guide you through safer and better managed use of substances and/or supporting abstinence from drugs or alcohol. We can also help you understand your relationship to alcohol and substances, and how to reduce personal harm.

Drawing on our nearly four decades of experience in HIV/AIDS prevention, GMHC provides technical assistance and capacity building to community-based organizations (CBOs) across the United States that serve people living with HIV and those at risk of HIV. We lead training programs for non-clinical health service providers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and community members, interested in developing HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

Our wellness program offers an integrated approach to health and wellness which includes complementary therapies, opportunities to express emotions associated with living with HIV/AIDS through creative outlets, and cultural outings. Our wellness programs are especially helpful for clients who may experience social isolation and stigma.

We recognize that employment can contribute to good health and well-being. Our Workforce Development Program helps our clients find employment and succeed in the workplace. We offer comprehensive vocational assessments, training, job placement assistance, and retention services to ensure successful transitions to work and achieve greater financial independence.

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Forty years and we’re still fighting against HIV and AIDS. And the fight isn’t over. Support our lifesaving programs.