AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI) offers an array of services in Rhode Island to prevent HIV, improve access to HIV and STI testing, and provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS. APRI has a 20-member staff with backgrounds and skills in a variety of fields–from social work, mental health counseling, nutrition, and case management to HIV testing, training, public health policy, and fundraising.
Education and Training
APRI offers education to high-risk communities through HIV 101 trainings. These trainings are intended to provide basic information about HIV prevention and transmission. To request an HIV 101 training, please send an e-mail to Christion Battey (Christion@aidsprojectri.org) describing the intended audience and proposed date of the training.
Materials and Condom Distribution
APRI has many pamphlets and brochures to educate individuals about HIV prevention and education, as well as related topics. In addition to these materials, APRI makes condoms available to individuals free of charge who want to drop by our office and pick them up during our hours of operation.
HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis Take Charge! Get Tested!
APRI operates an HIV testing program, Take Charge! Get Tested!, to help Rhode Islanders learn their HIV status in a safe, comfortable, and private environment. We have licensed HIV testing counselors who perform anonymous rapid HIV testing for free on a walk-in basis every Monday (10 a.m.-1 p.m.); Tuesday (4-6 p.m.); Thursday (4-6 p.m.); and Friday (10 a.m.-1 p.m.). You can also contact us to arrange an appointment any weekday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition to HIV testing, APRI offers rapid syphilis and hepatitis C testing.
To learn about the HIV testing at APRI just click on the three easy steps to find out more. In addition, many people have concerns and anxiety about getting an HIV test, so we developed a list of common Questions & Answers to help people know what to expect when they arrive for their HIV test.
Services for People Living With HIV/AIDS
APRI administers Ryan White Part B-funded services to HIV+ individuals whose income levels fall at or below 400% of federal poverty guidelines. To become a client of APRI, individuals must be able to show proof of RI residence, income, and HIV+ status. To enroll as a client, contact APRI at 401-831-5522. Click here to get a listing of Ryan White services for people with HIV/AIDS.