Health Center serves youth and young adults
The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center will be marking its 20th anniversary on Monday, October 7, 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a rededication ceremony at the center’s new Boston home—75 Kneeland Street, Boston.
State Representative Byron Rushing speaking and several members of Sidney Borum, Jr.’s family will be in attendance.
The Borum is dedicated to providing the best quality health care for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or just figuring things out; homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS. The Borum received its clinic licensure in 1993 and became part of Fenway Health in 2010.
Sidney W. Borum, Jr. was an African-American HIV/AIDS activist and educator who worked with adolescents and other young people at risk for HIV transmission. He advocated for widespread condom distribution to help prevent HIV infections and worked to establish programs to provide medical care for uninsured people living with HIV. During the height of the epidemic, Borum helped to found the Boston Living Center and Positive Directions and then worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. He died of AIDS in 1992 and the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center is named in his memory.
For more than forty years, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues. Fenway’s Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center cares for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else, including those who are LGBT or just figuring things out; homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS.