243066 Reaching vulnerable Bronx youth through two-pronged approach of routine HIV testing and targeted outreach strategies

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:30 AM

Lissette Marrero, MSW , Adolescent AIDS Program, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Hannah Lane, MPHIL , Adolescent AIDS Program, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Donna Futterman, MD , Adolescent AIDS Program, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
In New York City (NYC), 32.5% of new infections occur in youth 13-29. In the Bronx, a borough of NYC with a prevalence of 1.3%, youth of color, especially young gay and bisexual men and young women are disproportionately affected. Males 13-24 account for 65% of new infections, 73% of which occur in young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Developing new strategies for increasing HIV testing and outreach to vulnerable youth populations is essential for diagnosing HIV positive youth and linking them to care. Based in the Bronx, the Adolescent AIDS Program (AAP) approaches this population with a dual strategy: Building on the success of The Bronx Knows, a borough-wide HIV testing campaign that worked to test more than 350,000 Bronx residents, the (AAP) convened a Bronx Youth HIV Testing Coalition to specifically target youth with the goal of making HIV testing routine at all adolescent-serving institutions and engaging youth as organizers in partnership with medical providers and institutions. For those youth who do not access routine health care, the AAP also has a comprehensive outreach strategy to offer HIV testing and provide care and linkage services that targets vulnerable populations through venue-based approaches and utilizing social networks. This session will discuss the AAP's two-pronged approach to reaching vulnerable Bronx youth through routine testing and targeted outreach. Special focus will be placed on YMSM and young women of color, and the AAP's successes in engaging youth, outreaching to adolescent-serving providers, and designing innovative methods for targeted outreach.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1. List 3 reasons why youth are particularly vulnerable to HIV and how a comprehensive approach to reaching them is essential to providing competent care 2. Articulate the importance of implementing routine HIV testing in primary care for all adolescents 3. Design an innovative outreach strategy to engage youth

Keywords: Community Outreach, Clinical Prevention Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have an MSW and 14 years experience in outreach, sex education, and HIV.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.