Youth will benefit from community-based, youth-specific case management and health systems navigation support from the YLTC Coordinator in creating, attending, and debriefing appointments; transportation assistance to and from medical appointments; incentives for participating in the SMILE Program; access to resources from culturally competent, youth-oriented programs; individualized education sessions about their health concerns; and collaborative development of steps to a solid foundation for a healthy future.
Services we provide our clients include but are not limited to: transportation, housing assistance, financial counseling, food/meal assistance, clothing, insurance assistance, child care, educational support, utility assistance, legal support, employment, immigration assistance, relationship assistance, support groups, identification (ID) assistance, utility assistance, HIV 101, and asylum.
STI & HIV Testing Information
Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center- Youth can receive free, confidential rapid HIV tests at the Sidney Borum Clinic. Sidney Borum has walk-in hours, no appointment necessary, on a first-come, first served basis every day. Those under 18 years old can also be tested without the notification of a parent(s). The clinic’s hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm and Friday 9am-5pm.
Other services offered at the Borum include medical care, mental health, transgender health, women’s health, health insurance, birth control and emergency contraception, HIV Care and STD treatment.
Address: 75 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111
Fenway Health- Youth can receive free, confidential rapid HIV, STD, and Hepatitis C tests at Fenway Health. Testing is available via medical appointment or during walk-in hours on Wednesdays 4pm-7pm on the 2nd floor. Medical care hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm and Friday 8am-7pm.
As part of your visit, Fenway Health offers confidential counseling to help you deal with the issues that surround your decision to test and the impact of knowing your status. The health center also has a full-service pharmacy and offer a variety of services from HIV and STD testing to complementary therapies, LGBT parenting services, a Violence Recovery Program and women’s health and transgender health services.
Address: 1340 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
BAGLY-BAGLY provides sexual health services for all LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 29 and under including: comprehensive risk counseling, rapid HIV testing, Hepatitis A, B & C screening, screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis, culturally competent referrals to HIV/STI partner services, primary and mental health care, and health insurance enrollment.
Youth can make an appointment by calling 617.227.8378. Appointments will be available for scheduling at the location and dates below:
- The Clinic @ 620(14 Beacon St. Suite 301, Boston, MA, 02108) Tuesdays 4pm to 7pm and Thursdays 4pm to 7pm
- “The Space”(Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Boston, MA) Wednesdays 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Boston HAPPENS- Located at Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston HAPPENS provides services to youth, 12-24 years old, who are HIV positive or at risk for the disease and other STDS.
HAPPENS also offers free HIV counseling and testing for teens and young adults, ages 13 and older, and free STI and Viral Hepatitis testing for young people 13-24.
Address: Boston Children’s Hospital, 333 Longwood Ave., 5th floor, Boston, MA 02115
For more HIV testing sites in and around Boston, visit http://hivtest.cdc.gov/ Youth can also learn about additional community resources on our Partners page.
Youth ages 12-24 who are interested in representing community perspectives are welcome to volunteer as Youth Community Advisory Board members. The purpose of a community advisory board (CAB) is to seek input from community representatives on the research and work being done at The Fenway Institute. The YCAB is unique because its membership consists specifically of youth and young adults who help advise Fenway on issues that affect youth at risk for, or infected with, HIV, as well as on other public health issues related to research, such as mental health and substance use.
YCAB members have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and may even represent Fenway at national meetings or forums. The research projects that the YCAB is currently working with include biomedical HIV intervention and prevention studies, a community-based participatory research study on health disparities among LGBTQ youth of color, and partnering with a community coalition working on structural change and advocacy for HIV prevention and care. For more information on joining the YCAB contact Jonathan Reveil via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 617.927.6215.
Providers will benefit from supported, holistic assessment of their client’s needs; identification of barriers preventing proper Linkage to Care; personalized care to clients in need of additional support and/or those transitioning from pediatric to adult care; and collaborative development of plans to ensure a solid engagement and retention in care.
Providers interested in referring their clients to SMILE can find a client referral form here.
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