Testing & Counseling
CONNECTED Boston a program of The Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC).
Our mission is to reduce the rate of HIV and STI infections in Black and Latino gay, bisexual, and trans* people of color in the Greater Boston.
The work of CONNECTED Boston is to address the unique needs of gay, bisexual and queer Black and Latino men. Understanding that many determinants of health stem from oppression, we recognize the importance of advocating, organizing, and strategizing on behalf of health equity, community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. We do this in partnership and coalition with diverse communities.
One of Connected Boston's objectives is to lower the HIV rate in the city of Boston. The first way to prevent HIV is to know your status. Here at Connected, we offer free, confidential full HIV/STI screenings.
Free STI Testing includes screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and HIV
During these screenings your Health Navigator will coach you through a short counseling session to link you into services like Primary Care, PrEP, Health Insurance, Housing Support, and others.
Our testing hours are from 11-5 Mon-Thurs and by appointment on Fridays
Our Peer Support program is designed for clients living with HIV. Members who are a part of our support program will have the help of a Health Service Navigator (HSN) who will assist you with whatever you need. Social Security, Housing services, Health insurance, Primary care referrals, and pharmaceutical needs are just a few of the services offered by our HSNs
CONNECTED Boston provides a safe space for Black and Latino gay, bisexual, queer and trans* individuals to explore their identities through support/discussion groups and events in our drop in space that is open Monday – Friday from 11am – 7:30pm.
Every day you can drop by to use computers and utilize our mutli-media center.
Also, join us for our monthly groups.
Here at Connected Boston, We have discussion and support groups focused on issues that the LGBTQ Community in Boston faces on a regular basis. We discuss struggles, hopes, dreams, goals, and much more!
Connected Boston hosts events for people to foster community relationships and come and enjoy other people in their community. Empire Night, Our Annual World AIDS Day Event, Photoshoot parties are just a few of many.
Check our event calendar to see what's coming up next!
Mental Health Referrals
If Any of our client's feel they need to speak to a therapist or are struggling with thoughts they don't want to have, we can refer you to one of our partner community agencies who can help you with what you're struggling with.