We’re here to help end HIV transmission among sexually active LGBTQ people by helping them test often, treat early and stay healthy.
We do this by promoting education campaigns, offering HIV and STI testing, running sexual health workshops, providing a range of support services and distributing hundreds of thousands of free condoms every year throughout WNY.
- HIV Testing
- Mobile Testing
- Sexual Health Workshops
- Free Condoms
- Linkage to PrEP
Knowing your HIV status is now easy as, and it’s vital to efforts to end HIV transmission in New York by 2020.
Benefits of Testing
Many new HIV transmissions occur because of a person’s assumption that they’re negative when they’re actually positive. That’s because it can take years before HIV symptoms are noticeable. Testing regularly so you know your HIV status allows you to protect your health and the health of your sexual partners.
If you find out you have HIV, you can then take steps to benefit your health, including talking to your doctor about treatment. There are plenty of services available to assist you with a new HIV diagnosis, including many provided by our affiliate, Evergreen Health.
Since gay men and men who have sex with men are among the highest at risk of contracting HIV, getting them to test is vital to our goal of ending HIV transmission in New York State by 2020. You can help out by getting tested at least twice a year, or up to four times a year if you have more than 10 different partners in 6 months or have sex without condoms.
With rapid HIV testing is available at The Pride Center, testing for HIV is easier than ever, with results available under 15 minutes.
We provide a range of FREE community-based rapid HIV and STI screening services (administered by the Erie County Dept. of Health) as well as select locations throughout WNY.
You can get tested on your time by scheduling an appointment with us or you can stop by during our drop-in testing hours listed below. To find out more or to make an appointment to get tested in Buffalo, call 716-852-7743.
Drop-in rapid HIV testing hours:
Tuesdays 12:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Fridays 9:30 – 4:00 p.m.
MOBILE HIV TESTING
We want to make sure we make rapid HIV testing as accessible as possible. Our mobile testing unit can be found throughout WNY and can come to your organization, business, or school upon request.
Contact us at 716-852-7743 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on bringing our HIV mobile testing van to your site.
SEXUAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS
We offer a range of FREE sexual health workshops. Check out our sexual health section for upcoming workshops.
We want to make sure we make rapid HIV test Condoms prevent or reduce the exchange of semen, vaginal fluid or blood between partners during sex. When used with lube, condoms are a highly effective tool in the prevention of HIV transmission.
Condoms also offer protection against a range of other sexually transmissible infections (STIs). They do this by preventing the transfer of bodily fluids or by covering affected genital areas.
To help prevent the transmission of HIV and other STIs, we distribute thousands of condoms and safer sex packs every year to a range of community venues, clinics and events, and we supply venues with Pride Center "toolboxes" which we regularly stock with safer sex packs.
To find out where you can get our free condoms and safe sex packs, or to get free condoms at your community venue, event or clinic, please contact us at 716-852-7743 or email email@example.com
LINKAGE TO PREP
PrEP (short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a prescription medication that, when taken every day, reduces someone's risk of getting HIV by 99% by blocking the virus. You can contact us at 716-852-7743 to learn if PrEP is right for you. Or text PREP to 69866 and receive personalized information on accessing PrEP.