Boston HIV Adolescent Provider and Peer Education Network for Services (HAPPENS) Overview

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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.

Medical Services

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

  • Gynecological 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

  • Special immunizations


In addition to providing services at Boston Children's, we collaborate with other youth-serving programs throughout Boston, including:

Boston Children's at 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. "

Thank you!

Boston Children's Hospital Trust
401 Park Drive, Suite 602

Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-355-6890

Fax: 617-355-6530


Funding Sources


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.

The Louise Crane Foundation a portion of our social work, mental health, and community outreach services at Boston HAPPENS.

Last updated July 2015.


We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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