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Various socioeconomic problems associated with poverty, including limited access to high-quality health care, directly or indirectly increase the risk for HIV infection. HIV/AIDS is concentrated in New York City's poorest neighborhoods. East Harlem has historically been a community with some of the highest rates of social ills.  East Harlem ranked #2 -second highest incidence in sexually transmitted diseases (syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia) in the entire city. It has the highest cumulative AIDS rate (4,682 per 100,000 adults) in the entire city and ranks second in substance abuse hospitalizations for persons aged 18-24, and first for persons aged 25-44. 


The primary mode of HIV transmission in East Harlem is intravenous drug use (IDU).  A staggering 62.3% of all AIDS infections resulted from IDU, more than six out every ten HIV infections. This represents the highest percentage in all of Manhattan. Despite the exposure to the statistics of men who have sex with other men (MSMs) of color in the communities of Harlem and East Harlem, women continue to deny that there could always be a possibility that their significant other may be unfaithful with another man, and therefore chose not to practice safe sex. This is a startling yet distressing fact since MSMs account for 716 or 17.3% of the transmission rate in East Harlem. 


How are we battling the AIDS epidemic?
In July 2005, in response to the high rates of HIV/AIDS in East Harlem, the EHNBAC instituted its HIV/AIDS education program known as Awareness Can Change Every Persons Tomorrow (ACCEPT). Since then, over 1200 individuals have received education and services focusing on the prevention of HIV/AIDS. The EHNBAC ACCEPT program provides case management, crisis intervention services, prevention workshops, crime victim services, access to benefits, housing advocacy, homelessness prevention, entitlement advocacy, street outreach, referrals to free HIV testing, individual and family counseling sessions, referrals to treatment at local hospitals and medical centers in the community, permanency planning and condom distribution. Prevention activities and the workshop curriculum are specifically tailored to reach specific populations such as young teens, LGBTQ teens, sex workers, men who have sex with men (Down Low) parents of adolescents, young maturing men, pregnant women/fathers, minority women, drug abusers, homeless individuals, ex-offenders, and domestic violence victims. 


1. Statement of District Needs Fiscal Year 2007


The ACCEPT Program is funded by New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and the Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer



For additional information contact:

Lydia Mercado

A.C.C.E.P.T Coordinator


212.289.1900 ext. 205


Location and Hours of Operation:

East Harlem Neighborhood Based Alliance Corporation
2253 Third Avenue, Second Floor
New York, NY 10035


Phone: 212.289.1900
Fax: 212.289.2616


Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm






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