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History

1993 HIPS was formed as a cooperative extension service of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and begins night-based outreach and hotline counseling to young women on the streets.

1996 HIPS receives our 501(c)3 status and opens doors in collaboration with Metro Teen AIDS in S.E. Washington DC.

1997 HIPS expands our programming to include the “Divas Against AIDS” Peer Education programming, one of the first to engage current sex workers as health educators, and opens our Case Management department.

2000 HIPS moves to our first independent offices in Adams Morgan and receives a grant from the Washington AIDS Partnership for our first own outreach vehicle.

2005 HIPS expands our programming to include “Safety Counts” – a CDC approved “Effective Intervention” for working with drug users.

2007 HIPS successfully adapts “Positive Opinion Leader” – another CDC approved effective intervention to providing community level HIV prevention education to women. The programs were done onsite in the places where women use drugs and  in brothels.

2008 HIPS is funded by the National AIDS Fund for the Generations II programs to adapt and evaluate “Charm School” an adaptation of  Safety Counts specifically to address the HIV prevention needs of black women engaging in survival sex work.

2008 HIPS is one of four organizations funded by the city to expand Syringe Access, integrating syringe exchange activities on our mobile outreach van, at our offices, and by engaging community leaders.

2009 Building on the success of “Charm School”, HIPS adapts Safety Counts for transgender women and men to help increase self efficacy and reach risk reduction goals in their lives.  HIPS also launches a pre-trail Diversion Program for transgender women arrested for solicitation related offenses aimed to reduce incarceration and recidivism.

2010 HIPS opens our new offices and drop – in center on Rhode Island Avenue NE, expanding our programming to include HIV Testing and Counseling and over 20 hours of in-house education and services.