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

HIV Counseling & Testing

ACT offers HIV 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 Aurelio Lopez or LaToya Tyson at 860-547-1771 or Norman Lebron at 860-924-8477.

Other Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI/STD) Testing

ACT also offers Chlamydia and Gonorrhea screening free of charge. To schedule a testing appointment contact LaToya Tyson or Aurelio Lopez at 860-547-1771.

CLEAR: Choosing Life, Empowerment Action & Results

CLEAR is a five-session one-on-one behavioral intervention where the client works with a counselor to reduce risk behavior. Topics covered include: sexual risk, substance use, health care, self-care, adherence and stigma. Skills are built to aid in meeting short- and long-term goals. This is an intervention for HIV-positive individuals or individuals who believe they are at high risk for HIV; participants must be 18 or older. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact LaToya Tyson or Aurelio Lopez 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 Carter Lennon, Director of Prevention, at 860-247-2437 x303 or clennon@aids-ct.org for more information.