Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What does “Y-HEP” mean?

Y-HEP stands for Youth Health Empowerment Project.

Q: What does Y-HEP have to do with Philadelphia FIGHT?

Y-HEP is the youth branch of Philadelphia FIGHT. FIGHT is a comprehensive health organization, with a focus on prevention and treatment of HIV.   Y-HEP is one FIGHT’s youth health and wellness prevention initiatives, and we seek to carry out FIGHT’s mission of ending the epidemic by providing education, awareness, and access to quality medical care to Philadelphia’s highest-risk young people.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible to come to Y-HEP?

It’s simple: ANYONE between the ages of 13 and 24 years-old can come to Y-HEP during our open hours to receive services. There are no other requirements. Really. That’s it.

Q: But Philadelphia FIGHT is an HIV/AIDS Service Organization- do I have to be HIV positive to receive services at Y-HEP?

No. At Y-HEP, we are HIV positive and HIV negative! Anyone within our age range can receive services at Y-HEP. Philadelphia FIGHT serves all people with a variety of programs regardless of their HIV status.

Q: What about the programs that go up to age 29?

Some programs at Y-HEP serve people who are over the age of 24. These programs are intended for gay and bisexual men under 30 years-old. For more information on these programs, ask anyone at Y-HEP about the I AM… program or contact Noel Ramirez, I Am…Program Coordinator at

Q: How do I become a participant?

Just walk in any time during our open hours and we will take you through the process. It’s easy- we will just ask you to fill out some paperwork, and we will happily help you with that.

Q: What should I bring to my first visit to the Empowerment Center?

You don’t have to bring anything. If you have a government-issued photo ID or some other form of ID, please bring it. If you don’t have any ID, that’s ok. We can help you get one. Come on in anyway.

Q: I want to get medical care at the Y-HEP Health Center but I don’t have insurance. Will your providers still see me?

YES! No one will be turned away from our Health Center for not having insurance or not being able to pay. We will see you when you come in, and we will even help you apply for insurance afterward!

Q: What should I bring to my first visit to the Y-HEP Health Center?

You can come with any- or none- of the following: Photo ID of any kind, insurance card if you have it, and proof of income. If you don’t have any of these things, don’t worry! We want to provide you with high-quality medical care regardless. You can meet with our team to work on getting these documents and bring them back at your next visit!

Q: I keep hearing about Y-HEP’s “PrEP” Program. What is it? How do I get more information?

PrEP stands for “pre-exposure prophylaxis.”   Basically, PrEP is one pill, once a day that is very well tolerated (and has minimal side effects) that prevents HIV by over 90% when taken every day! Regardless of your insurance status, we can help you access PrEP that is free or very low cost!

Q: I just found out that I am HIV positive- can someone at Y-HEP help me figure out what to do next?

Yes. We have highly-trained, experienced professionals on staff that can make sure you get the support that you need. We also have access to excellent medical providers and we can make sure you get connected to the highest-quality care. Don’t wait – come talk to us today!