Zero new HIV infections wherever we are.
Eliminate new infections through education in communities vulnerable to HIV transmission.
We value learning, diversity, respect for differing beliefs, tolerance, and individual empowerment to effect change both within the organization and without it.
We believe that HIV/AIDS education is the right of every person and that it should be taught in a safe, neutral, nonjudgmental environment.
Alison Gertz was infected with HIV through a single sexual encounter when she was 16. Soon after discovering she had AIDS, Ali made her story public in an effort to help others and quickly rose to become an internationally recognized spokesperson for AIDS awareness and prevention.
Ali devoted her final years to providing young people with the information they needed to protect themselves from contracting HIV. She knew that if it had happened to her, it could happen to anyone.
After Ali died in 1992, her three best friends—Stefani Greenfield, Victoria Leacock Hoffman and Dini von Mueffling—continued her mission by cofounding Love Heals. Today, we reach more than 40,000 young people each year.OUR STAFF & BOARD MEMBERS
As the leading provider of HIV/AIDS education in New York City, the Love Heals Speakers Bureau has reached more than 631,000 young people throughout the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester County.LEARN MORE
LEAP for Girls
Our Leadership Empowerment and Awareness Program (LEAP) for Girls trains a new generation of community educators and activists residing in East Harlem, Central Brooklyn, and the South Bronx—New York City communities of color with the highest incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS.LEARN MORE
Youth Advisory Council
Our new Youth Advisory Council equips youth leaders with the skills to analyze the societal problems affecting the health of their communities and mobilizes young people to help solve those problems.LEARN MORE
Condom Distribution Project
LEAP for Girls alumnae take community action to NYC streets through our Condom Distribution Project.LEARN MORE
Facts About HIV
Statistics and Graphic Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014
Statistics and Infographics Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010, 2011, 2014
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Focused on ensuring safe schools for all students by supporting, training and providing resources to student organizers and more than 3,000 gay-straight alliances.
Information on sexual health written by teens and for teens. Includes personal stories, a question-and-answer section and sounding board. Sponsored by Answer, a part of the Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers University.
Comprehensive sex and sexuality education for young people, specifically toward young men, young women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Open 24 hours for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. Offers safe emergency shelter for up to 30 days plus food, counseling and health services.
460 West 41 Street, New York, NY 10036
Center providing young people ages 12-20 with healthcare, counseling, education, legal services, arts and recreation.
121 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 100013
Services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth aged 13-24, including counseling; food and showers; GED, college and career assistance; and HIV/STI and pregnancy testing.
2 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003
212-674-2600 ext 271
24-hour suicide hotlines: 866-488-7386 and 800-543-3638
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (the Center)
Programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers, including extensive programming for LGBTQ young people.
208 West 13 Street, New York, NY 10011
DYCD Youth Connect
An online resource and referral service for young people, families and community-based organizations looking for after-school programs, jobs, internships, runaway youth, family, and immigration services, and literacy programs. Sponsored by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.
Provides services for victims of crime and abuse, including counseling, emergency housing and referrals. Provides violence/abuse prevention workshops to young people in schools and services for homeless and street-involved youth.
2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10007
YOUTH-ADULT COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Tips for Adults: Starting Conversations with Young People
- Start early.
- Initiate conversations with your child.
- ...About any topic, especially sex and sexuality.
- Encourage open communication.
- Clarify your own values, then communicate them to others.
- Be honest.
- Be patient.
- Use everyday opportunities to start conversations.
- Talk about these issues again. And, again.
Advocates for Youth Parents’ Sex Ed Center
When parents talk to and affirm the value of their children, young people are more likely to develop positive, healthy attitudes about themselves.
Planned Parenthood of New York City: Adult Role Model Program
Planned Parenthood of New York City trains local parents to be Adult Role Models who lead workshops for other parents on how to talk with children and teens about sexuality.
Planned Parenthood of New York City: Let’s Talk
Planned Parenthood of New York’s tips for parents and kids to talk about sex. When you have these ongoing conversations, it can lead to smarter and healthier decisions. Make time to talk!
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.
Talk About Sex
Your sexuality has been and will be a part of you for your entire life. How you express it will change depending on your age and stage of life.
NYS HIV Counseling Hotline
GLBT National Help Center
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Hotline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Counseling and referral service for young people suffering from all kinds of abuse. Offers three-way counseling and communication in 140 languages.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Referral services link victims of domestic violence to local programs. Operators speak both Spanish and English and have access to translators for individuals speaking other languages.
National Runaway Safeline
Keeping America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
Advocates for Youth
Promoting access to and important information on adolescent reproductive and sexual health through advocacy, training, and programming.
Website offering a wide range of HIV/AIDS information on transmission, testing and counseling services, safer sex, and resources for HIV-positive people.
Go Ask Alice!
A health Q & A Internet resource administered by Columbia University’s Health Education Program.
National HIV Testing Resources
Helps locate the nearest HIV testing site and gives comprehensive information on testing, including procedures, who should consider being tested, and definitions of anonymous and confidential testing. A service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Helps locate/research the nearest clinic providing reproductive health services, including birth control, STD screenings, HIV tests and prenatal care. Offers confidential services for teens.
“The students were riveted by the speakers... School staff was duly impressed and amazed that the (usually rambunctious) 10th graders were so well-behaved. To our delight, 50 students came in for HIV testing.”
“The most important thing changed: I learned how to say no to my partner if he didn’t want to have sex with a condom. I also learned how to bring up the talks about STI’s and HIV/AIDS.”
“I love [LEAP for Girls]. It helped me to express and protect myself and help protect others [from HIV].”
“I became more open with my mother and spoke to her about things considered taboo in the Hispanic community.”
“[I liked] learning what’s going on with the statistics about HIV and STDs – how to prevent HIV by talking to our children.”
“We regularly talk to our young people on HIV/AIDS transmission and information but it was really powerful for them to see it from someone who had it as they often feel like it is not real thing that affects people. Personal stories have such a great impact on the young people's lives”
“It was a remarkable presentation. The presenters managed to convey the information in an engaging and accurate way without scaring the girls and, in fact, inspiring and affirming them at the same time.”
“The speakers were terrific! We were looking for someone that could bring the reality of HIV/AIDS to the students and their presentations did just that.”