On the eve of National HIV Testing Day, June 27th, the LGBT Network launched its HIV testing services in Queens. With the recent addition of HIV services on the East End, the Network now officially offers HIV testing from the Midtown Tunnel to Montauk. LGBT Network staff now offers mobile testing across the borough as well as testing at its Queens LGBT Center located in Long Island City. Drop-in hours are 4pm-7pm every Tuesday. No appointment needed.
LGBT Network Chief Operating Officer, Robert Vitelli spoke of the recent HIV services expansion, “We’re happy to launch HIV services on both ends of the island, realizing the Network’s goals of making sure everyone has access to HIV testing and prevention services.” HIV testing is absolutely free, confidential, and folks get their results in as little as 20 minutes. In addition to the newly added testing services, the LGBT Network offers assistance with Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP). Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90% when taken daily. LGBT Network testing specialists offer PrEP and HIV Prevention education as well as appointment accompaniment and financial assistance