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Medical & Support Services For Adolescents
Health and Education Alternatives For Teens (HEAT) Program
The Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Program is a unique program that focuses on the special needs of young people ages 13 to 24 who are HIV positive or at risk. All services are free, confidential and comprehensive. Set in a youth-friendly atmosphere, the HEAT Program operates a "one-stop shopping" full service clinic and removes the barriers which youth often face while accessing health care services. HEAT provides comprehensive services for youth including HIV counseling and testing, STD screening and treatment, GYN care, case management services, mental health services, treatment for HIV+ youth 13-24, support groups, health education, hormone therapy for transgender youth, LGBT health services, CDC evidenced based prevention interventions (DEBISs) and outreach and events such as House Balls and Safer Sex parties. HEAT also serves a leadership role in strengthening the network of youth-oriented providers in the metropolitan area and heightening public awareness about the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on adolescents. The HEAT Program was founded in 1991, making it the first of its kind in Brooklyn. We are committed to providing age-appropriate and culturally competent care for all youth--straight, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and from all ethnic backgrounds.
For further information, please contact:
Jeffrey Birnbaum, MD, MPH