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LIGALY Awarded $455,526 to expand HIV Prevention and Intervention Services

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) is excited to announce a major expansion of its comprehensive services for people living with and at high risk for HIV infection. LIGALY was recently awarded three new grants totaling $455,526 that will add an aggressive PrEP Outreach and Education program throughout Long Island and Queens, bring new Early Intervention Services to Nassau County and expand its HIV/STI and HCV testing to active drug users in Eastern Suffolk County. These new grants include:

$150,000 from the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute - will enable the LIGALY and its partner organization, Community Action for Social Justice (CASJ), to connect with out of health care active drug users in Suffolk County and link them to the LGBT Network’s: comprehensive HIV, hepatitis C (HCV) and sexually transmitted disease (STD) counseling and testing program; its mental health and HIV prevention intervention services; and connection to primary and specialty HIV clinical services and detox and drug/alcohol treatment.

$176,968 from Gilead Pharmaceuticals - will enable The Network and it's organizations to connect with individuals in Long Island and Queens engaging in high risk sexual behavior and educate them about the role pre and post exposure prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP) medication has in reducing new HIV infection and provide referrals to clinical providers for prescription and medication management.  The program will also educate medical clinicians about PrEP with goal of expanding the medication’s availability and accessibility in Long Island and Queens for PrEP candidates.

 $128,288 Ryan White funding from United Way of Long Island - is aimed at connecting and retaining individuals infected with HIV in life sustaining HIV treatment services in order to achieve viral suppression and overall health improvement. 

The awarding of these three competitive grants will enable LIGALY and the LGBT Network to expand its HIV services for the first time into New York City (Queens), and provide more expansive and in depth services in Long Island, further supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 3-point plan to end the HIV epidemic in New York by 2020 by: 1) Identifying persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and link them to health care; 2) Linking and retaining those with HIV in health care, to treat them with anti-HIV therapy to maximize virus suppression so they remain healthy and prevent further transmission; and 3) Provide Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for persons who engage in high-risk behaviors to keep them HIV negative. For more information about accessing or learning more about the LGBT Network’s HIV services, please call: 631.665.2300 or write to us at info@lgbtnetwork.org 

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