New York Knows is the nation’s largest HIV testing initiative. It aims to help all New York City residents learn their HIV status and take full advantage of the City’s HIV care and prevention services. On December 1, 2014 (World AIDS Day), the New York City Health Department launched New York Knows and introduced #beHIVsure, a public education media campaign encouraging all New Yorkers to get tested.
Through New York Knows, the New York City Health Department partners with community-based organizations, community health centers, hospitals, colleges, universities, faith-based organizations and businesses to:
The program grew out of successful borough-wide initiatives. In 2008, the Health Department launched The Bronx Knows, a large-scale public health intervention to increase voluntary HIV testing in the Bronx. In just 3 years, The Bronx Knows (PDF) community partners conducted 607,570 HIV tests, more than doubling the initiative’s goal. In 2010, the initiative was expanded with Brooklyn Knows. To date, more than 160 partners have conducted over 1.8 million HIV tests, identified 4,544 people newly diagnosed with HIV and linked 79% of those to care through The Bronx Knows and Brooklyn Knows.
Testing is central to all three points in the Governor’s plan to End the Epidemic by 2020. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that health care providers test everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 at least once as part of routine health care. In New York State, primary care providers are mandated by law to offer their patients (ages 13 to 64) an HIV test as part of routine health care. People who engage in behaviors that put them at risk for HIV should be tested at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men, injection drug users and people who exchange sex for money or drugs may benefit from more frequent testing, such as every 3 to 6 months.
For more information on HIV testing recommendations, download the HIV Testing Technologies: Testing Algorithm & Recommendations (PDF).
Become a New York Knows partner and help end the HIV epidemic in New York.
As a partner, your organization will benefit from excellent networking and collaboration opportunities with over 225 fellow New York Knows organizations. The Health Department also provides technical assistance in testing, linkage to care and other supportive services. Partners can also take advantage of workshops, meetings, events and promotional materials designed for New York Knows (PDF).
As a partner you will be expected to:
Email NewYorkKnows@health.nyc.gov, or call 311 for more information on how to join New York Knows.