The HOY program is an HIV/AIDS prevention program for African American and Latina females between the ages of 18-29. Our primary goal is to reduce HIV transmission and increase awareness of HIV status among high risk African American and Latina females. Since 1989, PRAHD has consistently provided an array of HIV/AIDS prevention services to its cliental through the generous funding from the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services Division of HIV, STD and TB Services.
HOY Program has two components:
- Health Education Risk Reduction Classes, known as SISTA (Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS), a peer-led, skill-building intervention project to prevent HIV infection among women. It is delivered in 5 sessions and includes discussions of self-esteem, relationships, sexual health, self-efficacy and empowerment. SISTA is known as an Effective Behavioral Intervention Program by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This program is offered throughout Middlesex County at no cost.
- Testing and counseling services are at no cost, same day results, no appointment necessary, services in English and Spanish and offered statewide. PRAHD has been very focused to ensure that everyone in New Jersey has access to confidential testing. That those individuals at risk for HIV and other STD's have access to information and programs to protect themselves from infection and individuals living with HIV and AIDS have access to the best medical care and other referral services needed to live a healthy and productive lifestyle.
For over 30 years, PRAHD has been an integral community partner to the development and implementation of public health policies and services.