AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a serious illness. AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). HIV attacks the immune system, which is the body's natural defense against disease. Damage to the immune system leaves the body vulnerable to secondary illnesses that can be fatal. There is still no known cure for AIDS, but effective treatments are now available. HIV is mainly spread through unprotected sex with an HIV-positive individual. It also can be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth; while sharing needles with an HIV-positive individual; and through open wounds or cuts coming into contact with fluids from an HIV-positive individual. During sex, the penis, vagina, and anus all can become vulnerable to exposure to HIV due to friction causing small tears or cuts that may not be even noticeable or painful. ANYONE can get infected with HIV. Use protection. Get tested. Know your status.
- 1 in 5 people who are HIV-positive do not know their status.
- New York leads the nation in the number of new HIV cases.
- Every year in New York City, there are almost 2000 AIDS-related deaths.
- Approximately 129,000 people are diagnosed with AIDS every year in New York State. Almost 80% live in New York City.
JBT has created an innovative approach to prevention and health testing focusing on increasing access to services and changing the social norms of HIV testing. We just want individuals to know their status so they can take action to prevent further spreading of the virus. Through testing, awareness, and education, JBT hopes to decrease the number of new HIV diagnoses in New York. The JBT mobile testing unit provides rapid HIV test results and is able to collect health risk and lifestyle data, all in under 5 minutes. Furthermore, anyone who tests positive is linked with the proper health resources and assistance. The JBT mobile unit can be found at local parks, community events, and college campuses all over New York City. You also can request the JBT mobile testing unit for your next event. Please send all requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
College and Urban Area Outreach
Working with student organizations and clubs, JBT co-sponsors social-based testing events at universities across the Northeast. These college social events and entertainment venues, including poetry jams, concerts, intramural sports, health fairs and performances, engage youth and encourage attendance and participation. We equip young people with culturally-relevant and accurate health information, condoms/dental dams, and free HIV screenings. Previously scheduled marketing, incentives to attend the event, and promotion throughout the campuses, engages young people to participate. Students have explained that they prefer to get tested through JBT because their student insurance does not cover HIV screenings, or the additional charge for doing so, is too expensive. Since the highest rates of new infections occur in this age group, we are strategically positioned to help reduce the spread of STDs. This demographic emphasis targets young college adults who are at the prime age to develop healthy habits. JBT wants to instill in young adults the value of taking responsibility for knowing the status of their sexual health.
In addition to our campus routine throughout the city, JBT has a presence at multiple social events and popular neighborhoods that attract a diverse array of young people. We aim to access people where they want to be, and be proactive and aggressive about spreading our message that being healthy is just as important as socializing. Partnership with these diverse events and organizations gives JBT relevant avenues to exert a significant influence on the lives of young adults. To mitigate anxiety about getting confidentially tested, we offer targeted incentives at social events. Our mobile app will allow JBT to members to receive discounts at a number of dining and entertainment venues.
- As of 2015, New York ranked 6th out of all states for the rate of syphilis infection, with the majority of diagnoses being in New York City.
- In New York City, syphilis rates jumped 8% in the first half of 2014 alone.
- In New York City, there was a 33% increase in syphilis diagnoses from 2010 to 2015 – that’s over a 5% increase per year!
- Since 2010, there’s been a 30% increase in syphilis diagnoses in men in New York City.
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SYPHILIS TESTING COMING SOON
Hepatitis C (HVC) is a blood-borne virus that attacks the liver. Today, most people become infected with HVC by sharing needles or other equipment with a person who already has HVC, to inject drugs. For some people, HVC is a short-term illness, but for the majority of people who become infected with HVC, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. Chronic HVC is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, and even death. There is no vaccine for HVC. The best way to prevent HVC is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, such as injecting drugs. The majority of infected individuals might not be aware of their infection because they do not exhibit any signs or symptoms. Get tested. Know your status. [source 1] [source 2]
- In New York City between 2009 and 2013, reported rates of acute HVC increased [By this percentage, or to this percentage?] 133%.
- For 70%–85% of people who become infected with HVC, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection.
- 1–5% of all individuals will die from the consequences of chronic HVC infection.
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HEPATITIS TESTING COMING SOON