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September 8, 2006

"Safety Counts" and "Healthy Relationships" are HIV prevention programs that ASC offers with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Participants in both programs receive meals, incentives, and Metrocards (transportation assistance).

On September 13, 14, and 15, ASC will offer Safety Counts, a group for men and women who have used drugs in the past 90 days. People who are HIV-positive, HIV-negative, and of unknown status are welcome to apply. The group teaches participants how to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV and hepatitis C. It also helps participants set goals for reducing their substance use. Safety Counts includes educational workshops, social events and supportive services from ASC over a four-month period.

In October, ASC will offer Healthy Relationships, a group for HIV-positive people meeting one day a week over a five-week period. Healthy Relationships helps people develop coping skills to reduce stress in their lives. The workshop focuses on developing skills in problem-solving, decision-making, negotiating choices, and dealing with HIV disclosure.

Pre-registration is required for Healthy Relationships and Safety Counts. For more information, contact ASC's Training Coordinator Guy Williams at 212-645-0875, extension 348 or at Guy@ascnyc.org.

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