DNAinfo.com (New York) (09.27.11) - Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Though it has been operating for two months, Gay Men's Health
Crisis' (GMHC) HIV testing center in Chelsea marked its grand
opening on Sept. 27.
"Our presence here is no accident - HIV rates in Chelsea have
long been disproportionately high," said Marjorie Hill, GMHC's
CEO. She pointed out recent Health Department data showing the
neighborhood has the city's highest HIV infection rate. Most
Chelsea residents contracting HIV are men who have sex with
Located at 224 W. 29th St., the GMHC Center for HIV Prevention
provides confidential, rapid-result HIV testing. Other
offerings include condoms, safe-sex information, and the
"condom comebacks" wheel, which suggests responses if one's
partner asks for unprotected sex. GMHC partnered with Mom's
Pharmacy to provide a full-service storefront where clients
can get their prescriptions filled in a safe environment.
Also in the neighborhood, the Health Department maintains its
own confidential STD testing clinic at 303 Ninth Ave.
GMHC was headquartered in Chelsea for decades but in April
relocated to Hell's Kitchen. For more information about the
organization, visit www.gmhc.org.