Research Foundation of SUNY/HEAT Program

  • New York


450 Clarkson Avenue
New York
United States

About Us

HEAT provides services in Central Brooklyn, one of the highest HIV prevalence areas in NYC and the nation. For over 2 decades, HEAT has been a leader at the city and state levels around issues affecting HIV+ youth, especially young men who have sex with men and transgender youth (YMSM/T), and for its cutting-edge work with the House Ball Community (HBC), a high-risk, underserved community of sexual minority youth of color. HEAT has cared for over 500 HIV+ youth and hundreds of high-risk YMSM/T. HEAT’s comprehensive services include: HIV testing at HEAT and in the community, peer navigation, primary adolescent health care, HIV treatment, STI screening/treatment, treatment adherence support, health education, PrEP/PEP services and access to clinical research. Case management, mental health care, group interventions and peer support enhance linkage/retention in care and address barriers such as housing instability, homelessness, lack of family/social support, stigma, homophobia, history of trauma, mental illness, addiction etc. Active referral linkages with offsite services and adult HIV treatment programs ensure that patients receive a continuum of care.