The Healthfirst HIV Program
HIV/AIDS are complex diseases that impact many people around the world. The Healthfirst HIV Program teaches our members about HIV/AIDS prevention. Testing is the first step – and it is free at many locations across New York City.
If you have been diagnosed as HIV-positive, Healthfirst can help you get the treatment you need.
What can increase my risk for HIV/AIDS infections?
You are at a higher risk of HIV/AIDS infection if you:
- Injected drugs and shared needles or syringes with other people.
- Had sex without a condom. If you had sex without a condom with men who have sex with men, multiple partners, or partners they did not know, you may be at higher risk.
- Have been given a diagnosis or been treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis, or a sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD or STI).
- Received blood transfusions between 1978-1985.
How do I know if I have HIV?
The only way to know whether you are infected with HIV is to be tested for it. You cannot rely on symptoms alone. Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms for 10 years or more.
Make an appointment to see your doctor if:
- You think you are at high risk.
- You’ve been infected.
Your doctor will be able to provide you with early treatment. There are drugs that can help control the HIV virus so it won’t destroy the immune system.
Many places offer free or low-cost HIV testing, including:
- Health departments
- Doctors' offices
- Special clinics
You can locate a testing site by calling:
- CDC-INFO (National AIDS Hotline): 1-800-232-4636
- New York State HIV Hotline: 1-800-541-AIDS (2437)
- Para Español: 1-800-233-SIDA (7432)
You can get HIV testing any time. You do not have to give any information about yourself to get tested.
Additional HIV / AIDS Resources:
- HIV/AIDS Basic Facts
- Free and Confidential Clinics
- STD & HIV Facts
- HIV and Smoking
- Talking with Young People About HIV and AIDS
- NYSDOH AIDS Institute Resource Directory
- HIV Brochure English / Español
- Designated AIDS Center (DAC) Clinic Contacts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Special Dental Care for People Living with HIV
To learn more about the Healthfirst HIV program, or for information about HIV testing and treatment, please contact us.