To Our HEAT Community:
Due to the current state of emergency related to the coronavirus, HEAT is temporarily suspending all community-based activities. This includes all previously announced large scale HEAT events such as our Paint Party, Skate Party, and House Ballroom activities. We plan to reschedule these events at a future date when it is safe.
Our clinic will remain open and we are available to answer your questions or concerns by phone at (718) 613-8453. With regard to appointments, we are asking that only clients with immediate concerns come in person to avoid any inadvertent exposure to coronavirus.
If you have fever, cough or have been exposed to someone else who has tested positive for coronavirus, please contact us. We only have coronavirus testing available right now for people who are symptomatic. We will let you know if testing becomes more available at a later date.
Persons with HIV are not at increased risk for contracting coronavirus and should follow the same guidelines as the general population. However, those who are immune compromised may be at higher risk of more serious illness. Please contact our staff for more information as this pertains to you.
We ask that all our clients do the following in order to protect themselves and others:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public or after coughing or sneezing.
- If there is no soap or water available, use hand sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol
- Stay at home as much as possible and when outside, try to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Try not to use the subway or bus, but if unavoidable, avoid touching surfaces and being in crowded areas
The main risk factors for severe COVID-19 are older age and co-morbidities including cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory or cardiovascular disease. If you know anyone with any of these conditions, it is advised to avoid contact for their wellbeing. If you are interacting with someone with these conditions, be especially strict with the above precautions.
For further information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
For Our “Ballroom Scene“ Community:
We know how important your House and the Ballroom Scene Community are as support networks. It is up to House Members to keep each other safe and healthy during this uncertain time.
Given how the coronavirus spreads, large in-person gatherings pose a risk to everyone present, as well as anyone else they interact with afterward. This includes House Balls, House meetings and practices, and Kiki Lounges. However, “social distancing” should not jeopardize your relationships; keep video chatting, calling and texting to check-in with each other.
Especially at this time, it is important to care for and support one another. Keep yourself and the “Ballroom Scene” Community safe by washing hands frequently, staying inside, and remaining close to one another at a distance.
Please contact HEAT staff if you have further questions.
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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. The HEAT program was founded in 1991, making it the first of its kind in Brooklyn and therefore the most experienced.
HEAT provides sexual and reproductive health services to youth ages 13-24. The program takes referrals from all 5 boroughs and offers services regardless of their ability to pay. To schedule an appointment with one of our providers please contact (718) 613-8427.
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HEAT’s mission is to improve the lives of youth in Brooklyn. We believe in giving youth the services, resources and support to make better informed decisions about their sexual health. The program takes referrals from all five boroughs and offers services to teens regardless of ability to pay. We appreciate your support!