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Sexually active Black gay men in the District should get a HIV test at least three or four (3 - 4) times a year.  Us Helping Us provides free HIV counseling and testing, Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.  Call (202) 446-1100 for more information.

 

Programs and Services

Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. provides an array of individual-level, group-level and community-level programs and services targeting the African-American community, particularly Black gay and same-gender-loving men. All of our programs and services are free depending on eligibility. Unless otherwise specified, all programs and services are located at our service facility: 3636 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20010 (one block from the Georgia Ave. - Petworth Metrorail Station on the Green Line). For further information, please call: 202.446.1100.

Individual-Level

HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral Services:

When you’re ready to know to your HIV status or you need to get tested, we provide free HIV tests for everyone. You have the option of anonymous or confidential testing. No blood. No needles. Results in 20 minutes. Our trained staff is available weekdays, and Saturdays by appointment.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Screenings:

In addition to HIV testing services, we offer urine screenings, as well as oral and anal swabs for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

Case Management Services:

Being HIV-positive isn’t easy. There are times when you may need some help - help with bills, food and other services. Our case manager helps individuals to secure entitlements and assistance with housing, emergency financial aid, food, medical or dental care. To qualify for case management, a person must be HIV-positive, reside in the District of Columbia and not have an income 300% above the poverty level.

Treatment Adherence:

Finding it hard to follow your HIV drug regimen? Missing some of your dosages? Not being adherent to your daily HIV medication schedule can lead to the virus becoming drug resistant. Don't risk your drugs not working. Treatment Adherence Services provide counseling, peer education, or a mentor to help you stay on track.

Individual Counseling:

When you need someone to talk to, we have someone who will listen. We provide individual counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, regardless of their HIV status. If you think counseling or psychotherapy would help you with personal issues or concerns, our licensed therapist is available. Our facility is a reliable, private, non-judgmental space. We will give you the time you need to ask your questions, face your fears, and discover who you are or want to be.

Group-Level

We offer a variety of group-level programs, including weekend retreats, to meet the needs of Black gay and same-gender-loving men within the metropolitan Washington DC area. All of our groups are confidential and meet in a safe space. Trained peers facilitate all of the groups.

Weekly Support Groups and Discussion Groups:

Mondays (7 – 9 pm) Discussion group: Come together to discuss topics and issues that may affect you. Compelling and dynamic discussions on subjects such as politics, religion, sex and what it means to be Black and gay/sgl men are discussed each week.
Wednesdays (7 – 9 pm) Support group for HIV-positive men: Being Black and gay has its challenges but when you couple that with being HIV-positive, you may need someone else who is HIV-positive to talk to. This group provides support around such issues as disclosure, treatment, anxiety, and how to have a fulfilling life despite HIV.

PLEASE NOTE: As of June 1st, 2013, Tuesday night group will be combined with our Monday & Wednesday night groups, according to your needs.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 12-Step Meeting: If you’re in recovery, or feel you’re addicted and want to recover, there is a weekly NA Group meeting at our facility every Thursday night, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. This NA Group is not sponsored by Us Helping Us, but they use our space for a place that is safe and understands the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.

Weekend Retreats:

Noir Reflections: A free three-day retreat in the mountains of Maryland that uses the Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) curriculum. The 3MV intervention is one of only two HIV prevention interventions designed for Black gay men and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for effectiveness. The retreats are from Friday to Sunday. Buses leave from our facility at 9 am Friday.

Healthy Relationships: A free three-day retreat that uses the Healthy Relationships curriculum. Recommended by the CDC for effectiveness, Healthy Relationships is an intervention for people living with HIV/AIDS that focuses on the development of skills to make informed and safe decisions about disclosure and risk behaviors.

Community-Level

Street and Venue-Based Outreach:

We provide HIV prevention outreach throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. From condom distribution to one-on-one conversations, our outreach teams are committed to ensuring that individuals have the information and the protection they need to prevent the spread of HIV.

Popular Opinion Leader (POL):

The POL intervention is designed to teach people in the community to talk to their friends about how to prevent HIV and what it means to be safe and healthy. Recommended by the CDC for effectiveness, we have provided POL training for social networks, the House/Ball community, amateur sports teams, and barbers and beauticians.

The Be-The-Generation Project:

The BTG Project increases community awareness about HIV prevention and vaccine research, in particular Pre-Exposure Prophhylaxis (PrEP) and participation in clinical trials. The success of biomedical HIV prevention research studies depends on the understanding, trust, support, and participation of the Black gay community. Finding safe and effective methods to prevent the spread of HIV is our best hope for stopping the AIDS epidemic. The HIV/AIDS epidemic cannot be stopped though care and treatment alone.  Prevention is essential.