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Brooklyn Link to Care Coalition Peer Outreach Report

Brooklyn Link to Care Coalition Peer Outreach Report

This report contains the results of a broad HIV testing outreach in Brooklyn, New York that took place during 2008 and 2009. A novel outreach program—one that used peer-based social networks to recruit individuals from high risk zones/populations—was employed four times in four separate Brooklyn locations. Undertaken as an experiment, the recruitment method proved able to reach diverse populations at each location, overcoming potential social barriers like gender and age. In addition to HIV testing and referral-to-care procedures, the program asked each participant to participate in a brief survey aimed at understanding the social dynamics leading to HIV infection in each locale. The results of that survey are discussed in this report. The outreach discovered 34 HIV-positive individuals out of 1020 total respondents (a rate of 3.4% of those tested). This project was carried out with funding from the NYC Council through the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYC Aids fund, the HIV/AIDS Communities of Color Initiative of the NYC Council, the Brooklyn Aids Task Force, The After Hours Project, and Turning Point.