Boston HAPPENS provides services to youth, 12-24 years old, who are HIV positive or at risk for the disease and other STDs. HAPPENS also offers free HIV counseling and testing for teens and young adults, ages 13 and older, and free STI and Viral Hepatitis testing for young people 13-24 (see STI/Viral Hepatitis Screening and Referral page for eligibility requirements).
We also offer free and confidential testing for HIV, STIs, and Viral Hepatitis to youth and young adults. For youth with recent known exposures, or for victims of sexual assault, we offer Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) treatment and follow-up services, which can greatly reduce the chance of HIV infection.
Bilingual services (English/Spanish) are available with bilingual providers, and interpreters for other languages are also available.
We have specialists in adolescent medicine, HIV care, nursing and mental health to answer your questions about HIV and provide you with a wide range of health care and support services, including:
Primary care services
HIV care and medications
Full checkups and lab tests
STD testing and treatment
Birth control and family/pre-conceptual planning
Access to HIV clinical trials
Cervical and anal pap smears
In addition to providing services at Boston Children's, we collaborate with other youth-serving programs throughout Boston, including:
Martha Eliot Health Center
Dimock Community Health Center's Boston Pediatric and Family AIDS Project
The Boston HAPPENS Program at Boston Children's Hospital relies on the kind donations of people and groups interested in supporting our work. With donors' help we can provide teens with free HIV counseling and testing, health care and support services.
How to donate
If you are interested in supporting the Boston HAPPENS Program, please follow these steps to make a donation:
Click on the donations link.
Click on "Make a Gift Now" (purple button in upper left).
Click "Make a Single Gift."
Enter gift amount.
Under Gift to Support, select "Other" in the drop-down menu.
In the blank field, please enter "The Boston HAPPENS Program."
Fill in additional information and click "Process My Gift. "
Boston Happens is funded in part by these organizations*
The Aerosmith Endowment Fund for HIV Care and Prevention assists in sexual assault follow-up counseling, case finding, mental health and adherence support services.
Boston Pediatric and Family AIDS Project (BPFAP), Ryan White Part D Program, a project funded by the Ryan White Care Act, HRSA, helps to support outreach, case management, mental health and support group efforts.
Boston Public Health Commission (Ryan White Part A) supports a portion of case management services at Boston HAPPENS and Martha Eliot Health Center through Title I of the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990, as amended in 1996 and 2000.
NEAETC Minority AIDS Initiative supports some of our provider and community education and in-service training efforts: H4A HA 00050-04-00, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Charlie Moore (aka. The Mad Fisherman) and Brigham's Ice Cream, Inc. donate 100% of Mr. Moore's royalties from the sale of his personally developed ice cream flavor, "Mad Fish Mud", to the HIV/AIDS programs at Boston Children's Hospital, which supports a portion of social work, mental health, and community outreach services at Boston HAPPENS.
The Louise Crane Foundation a portion of our social work, mental health, and community outreach services at Boston HAPPENS.
New England HIV/AIDS Education Training Center's (NEAETC) New England HIV Education Consortium (NEHEC) is a HRSA Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) Special Capacity Building funded program serving all six states in New England. The primary goal of NEHEC is to address the HIV-related training, educational, and support needs of the full, spectrum of providers as they provide state-of-the-art, quality and compassionate care to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Innovative training formats address the needs of minority providers, providers serving racial/ethnic/linguistic minorities and communities of color, and those working in settings funded by the Ryan White CARE Act. Clinical providers of color and clinical providers serving people of color living with HIV are our primary audiences.
Last updated June 2010.