We have credentialed and trained staff ready to serve the needs of patients with infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Our two programs, Project Impact (Hep C) and Project UP-BEAT (HIV Services) offer testing, medical management, and counseling. Community Prevention & Treatment Services is located at our Albany Health Center.
Walk-in testing hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am – 2:30pm at our Albany Health Center.
Project Impact (Hepatitis C).
Hepatitis C (Hep–C) is a viral infection that primarily affects the liver. Approximately 25,000 people are diagnosed with Hep–C each year. Hep–C is sometimes known as a “silent” infection since those infected with it generally have no symptoms for several years until the virus damages the liver.
Symptoms of Hep–C include:
- Easy bruising
- Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
- Dark urine
- Itchy skin
- Weight loss
You are most at risk for Hep–C if you:
- Have used or currently use intravenous drugs
- Received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992
- Were ever incarcerated
- Were born between 1945 – 1965 (“Baby Boomers” have the highest infection rates)
Hep–C is treatable. Whitney Young Health offers comprehensive support services such as case management and ongoing care coordination for those who test positive for Hep–C.
Whitney Young Health offers no-cost, confidential Hep-C testing Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.
Speak to your Whitney Young Health provider or visit the New York State Department of Health’s website for additional information on Hep–C.
Project UP-BEAT (HIV).
WYH offers no-cost rapid HIV testing. Know the results in 20 mins. For information about walk-in testing, please call (518) 591-4569.
Getting treatment early reduces your risk for complications. WYH Project UP-BEAT offers comprehensive treatment programs including:
- Connections to Primary Care
- Case Management & Linkage to UP-BEAT Services
- HCV and HIV Testing with Linkage to Medical Care
- Connections to Mental Health Services
- Provided by Licensed Behavioral Health Clinicians
- Peer to Peer Groups:
- At-risk Educational Resources & Peer Counseling
Reduce your risk for HIV exposure with Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). By taking one pill daily, PreP can help stop the virus from establishing a permanent infection when someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use. When used consistently, PrEP can reduce your risk for infection by up to 90%.
PrEP is covered by most insurance programs, but if you do not have insurance, the PrEP Specialist will navigate the PrEP Medication Assistance Program (MAP) and NY State PrEP-AP Program if you meet the eligibility criteria.
It is important to note, PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.
Contact our PrEP Specialist at (518) 465-4771 ext. 4648 for additional information, eligibility and requirements for PrEP.