The Project offers an array of services in Rhode Island to prevent the spread of HIV, facilitate HIV testing, and provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS. The Project has a fifteen-member staff with backgrounds and skills in social work, mental health counseling, nutrition, wellness, case management, HIV testing, training, public health policy, and fund-raising.
Education and Training
The Project offers education to high-risk communities through HIV 101 trainings. These trainings are intended to provide basic information about HIV prevention and transmission. These presentations can be done in English or Spanish. To request an HIV 101 training, please send an e-mail to Tom Bertrand (Thomas@aidsprojectri.org) describing the intended audience and proposed date of the training.
In addition, The Project encourages the electronic distribution of the “Get the Facts” information on our website. Please consider posting our website on other Internet sites to promote awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention, HIV/AIDS services, and sexual health.
Materials and Condom Distribution
The Project has many pamphlets and brochures to educate individuals about HIV prevention and education, as well as related topics. In addition to these materials, The Project makes condoms available to individuals who want to drop by our office and pick them up during our hours of operation.
HIV Testing – Take Charge! Get Tested!
The Project 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 Tuesday (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) and Thursday (5:00 pm – 6:30 pm). If Tuesdays and Thursdays don’t work for you, contact us to arrange an appointment any weekday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. We provide HIV testing for both indivduals and couples.
To learn about the HIV testing at The Project 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
The Project administers Ryan White Title II funded services to HIV+ individuals whose income levels fall at or below 400% of federal poverty guidelines. To become a client of The Project, individuals must be able to show proof of RI residence, income, and HIV+ status. To enroll as a client, contact The Project at 401-831-5522. Click here to get a listing of Ryan White services for people with HIV/AIDS.