Prevention (Outreach, Testing and Linkage to Care-OTL)

Counseling & Testing

ACT offers HIV and Hep C testing services at various locations throughout Greater Hartford. Tests are free of charge and preliminary tests results are delivered within 20 minutes. Individuals are also provided with basic HIV education, risk reduction information and referrals as necessary. To schedule a confidential HIV test contact Norman Lebron or Steven Moreland-Harris at 860-924-8477, or LaToya Tyson at 860-547-1771.

Testing Together

Testing Together is a new public health strategy that occurs when two or more persons who are in- or planning to be in a sexual relationship receive HIV testing services together (including their HIV test results). This service facilitates communication and disclosure of HIV status. It also supports linkage to HIV medical care, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and/or other appropriate services. (Source: CDC)

Appointments for Testing Together are mandatory (sorry, no walk-ins). To schedule a confidential HIV test contact Norman Lebron or Steven Moreland-Harris at 860-924-8477, or LaToya Tyson at 860-547-1771.

Outreach

Our Prevention Team provides outreach in various forms. From grassroots, pound-the-pavement outreach to formalized presentations, our outreach team imparts knowledge on HIV, STDs, sexual health, general health, harm reduction and many other topics. Our outreach team also gives out informational materials, condoms and other supplies, in addition to making referrals for supportive services.

Linkage to Care

When a prevention client tests HIV-positive, our Prevention Team is there to link the client to appropriate care services. In addition to conducting a confirmatory HIV test, the Prevention Team links the client to case management, health care and/or whatever other services the client may need. The Prevention Team also follows up with the client until they are engaged in care.

Female Condom Project

The Female Condom Project teaches female and male participants how to use the female condom, the benefits of the female condom and how to reduce risk behavior. A fun “Girls’ Night Out” empowers women to use condoms and teaches them the skills necessary to engage in safe behavior. For more information, contact LaToya Tyson at 860-547-1771.

And much more!

Contact Julia Telfer, Director of Prevention, at 860-247-2437 x303 or jtelfer@aids-ct.org for more information.