Safety Counts

Safety Counts is a Harm Reduction Program focusing on HIV and Hepatitis prevention. Gift cards, food, and prizes are offered. To discuss eligibility, call the facilitator at (617) 414-7088. All Safety Counts activities are held at Project TRUST, 721 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA, 02118.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have used non-prescription drugs in the last 90 days
  • Alcohol use alone does not qualify you for the program
  • Cannot be in a treatment program, except for these 3 exceptions:
    • Methadone treatment
    • Suboxone treatment
    • Another harm reduction program

7 Core Elements:

  • 2 group sessions
  • 1 (or more) individual counseling sessions
  • 2 (or more) social events
  • 2 (or more) follow-up contacts

3 Non-Core Elements:

  • Initial enrollment and eligibility screening
  • Post risk reduction screening
  • Graduation

Two Phase Program:

  • Phase One is four weeks long
    • Includes two group sessions, one social event, and one individual counseling session
    • Needs to be completed within thirty days; if not, the client will be re-enrolled and have to start over
    • Can only be re-enrolled twice
  • Phase Two is 2-5 months
    • Includes a second social event, two follow-up contacts, post risk reduction screening, and graduation

Other Program Benefits:

  • Free and confidential HIV, HCV, and STD testing and counseling in the same office
  • Availability of immediate treatment for positive STD and/or HIV test at BMC's Infection Disease Clinic
  • Identification of risk behaviors and strategies to reduce risk
  • Educational activities around proper condom use
  • Free male and female condoms, lubes, and dental dams
  • Free needle hygiene kits
  • Educational activities around proper use of needle hygiene kits
  • Immediate access to all BMC services

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Testing Offered

Hepatitis C
HIV (rapid test - 20 minutes)

Other Services

Education on safer sex practices

All STD test results available within 2 weeks