Health Outreach to Teens (HOTT)

Health Outreach To Teens is a welcoming, non-judgmental, confidential program designed specifically to meet the medical and mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning adolescents and young adults ages 13-24, as well as homeless youth, runaways, sex workers, squatters, and other street-oriented youth. These services are offered both at a youth-only medical suite at Callen-Lorde, and on HOTT’s medical van, which travels to areas throughout Manhattan in the afternoons and evenings where youth are known to hang out.

All of HOTT’s services are provided free of charge or at low cost (insurance is accepted). HOTT will register young people 21 years old and younger for health care services, and provide ongoing care up to their 24th birthday. After their 24th birthday, they will be transitioned into adult care.

“The HOTT Program has provided a place for me to feel comfortable in my mind and body. I have control through knowledge about my health, which is especially important to me as a lesbian.”
- Leslie, 19

“I like the HOTT Program because they treat me nice and I like the way they talk to me and it doesn’t matter what you are and how you are.”
- Roslyn, 19

“I love the HOTT Program because it has such nice staff and wonderful services to offer the trans community.”
- Chris, 17

“The HOTT Program is a wonderful outreach to youth. My counselor is sensitive, understanding and compassionate.”
- Amanda, 16

“I feel comfortable being a part of the HOTT Program because they make you feel comfortable. The doctors don’t treat you like an outsider or different; just like you are human.”
- Louis, 22

In addition to the services below, HOTT offers free HIV Counseling and Testing to youth ages 13-21.

HOTT Services include:

Medical Services:

  • General medical care
  • Gynecological exams/family planning/reproductive health
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • HIV testing
  • HIV primary care
  • Cross-Gender Hormone Therapy

 

Counseling and Mental Health:

  • Individual counseling on:
    • Sexuality
    • Gender Identity
    • Eating disorders
    • Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse/trauma
    • Depression/anxiety
    • HIV and other medical diagnoses
    • General supportive counseling
  • HIV pre/post-test counseling
  • Support groups
  • Crisis intervention

 

Psychiatry:

  • Medications to help address emotional problems

 

Care Coordination:

  • Assistance with housing and insurance
  • Referrals to medical specialists

 

Health Education:

  • Safer sex materials
  • Nutritional counseling
  • STI/HIV education
  • Reproductive health support

 

The HOTT Mobile Medical Unit:

HOTT’s mobile medical unit – a fully-equipped medical van with exam and counseling rooms and a group area – brings health care to young people. HOTT meets youth on their own terms, where they hang out, and works to build trust between clients and the HOTT staff. The multi-disciplinary team provides outreach, health education materials, health kits (with condoms, hygiene supplies, etc.), and most importantly, an entry point to health and social services.

Services provided at the mobile medical unit include:

  • General health assessments
  • Crisis intervention/urgent medical care
  • Crisis counseling and HIV pre-test counseling
  • Referrals
  • Health education and safer sex materials