STI & HIV Testing


RISE counselors serve as volunteer educators and test providers trained to deliver psychosocially competent HIV and HCV counseling in the setting of both negative and positive results. Student volunteers are trained in specific counseling techniques to engage high risk populations with the aim of improving our understanding of the burden of disease on the individual and the community as a whole. RISE strives to normalize HIV and HCV diseases through education and community engagement, to challenge social stigmas surrounding affected populations, and to increase health within our community.

Our program builds capacity in sexual health, harm reduction and HIV/HepC counseling in the Downstate community. Each year we train over 30 new counselors drawn from students from all the schools at Downstate, many of whom take on leadership roles. We strive to incorporate lessons learned in counseling encounters to grow into sensitive, aware and empathetic providers and allied health professionals. We also seek to take the skills we build and pass them on to others within DMC.

In 2015 at the Brooklyn Free Clinic:

RISE tested:
187 people for HIV
84 people for HepC

RISE counseled:
Over 240 people

2015 with HEAT

RISE conducted over 20 STI screenings

Learn more about the Downstate Health & Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Clinic here.

2015 with VOCAL-NY

RISE has connected 4 people to confirmatory testing and care for Hepatitis C as well as 1 person living with HIV.

Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) is a statewide grassroots membership organization building power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war and mass incarceration, along with the organizations that serve us, to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, public education, participatory research and direct action. VOCAL-NY was formerly known as the New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN) until 2010.

Learn more about VOCAL-NY here.