AIDS Resource offers a variety of free services to provide HIV testing, prevention, and education to the communities we serve. In addition, we provide resources and assistance to help those living with HIV or AIDS to have healthier lives and connect with the care they need.
Services Provided by AIDS Resource
AIDS Resource offers free confidential testing for HIV, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
Confidential testing is available at the AIDS Resource office during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM). Testing is available at other times (at other places) by appointment.
It takes approximately 2 weeks for us to receive HIV test results. You will have to return to the AIDS Resource office to get your HIV test results; HIV results cannot be given out over the phone.
On-site Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing is also available and results are typically available within one week. If you test positive for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, we will coordinate treatment at no cost to you.
We offer free HIV101 classes (which cover the basics of HIV, modes of transmission, and ways to protect yourself) to all area schools, colleges, and community groups. Universal Precaution Training (methods of protecting yourself from HIV) are offered to agencies, businesses, and civic groups.
If you think you may be at risk for contracting HIV, our risk reduction and prevention specialists will analyze behaviors which may be putting you at risk for HIV or AIDS and will work with you to develop an individualized risk reduction plan.
Free condoms are available at AIDS Resource offices during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM).
AIDS Resource is offering a FREE PrEP clinic in our Williamsport office. If you are interested in taking PrEP or getting more information, email us. You can view clinic dates here or learn more about PrEP here.
Connect to Care (CTC) is here to help you seek out the resources that you need to manage your medical care. The ultimate goal of the program is to connect (or re-connect) you with a doctor or program that matches your needs. If you like, we can attend your scheduled medical appointments with you. Everything that we do is free of charge, and maintaining your confidentially is of utmost importance to us.
We will connect you to:
- Sources of Medical Insurance
- Mental Health Counseling
- Drug & Alcohol Counseling
- Support Groups
- Other Social-Service Agencies
By signing up for this program, you are eligible for the following services:
- Transportation to and from medical appointments
- Incentives for attending 2 medical appointments within a year
- Assistance with finding and applying for medical insurance
- Emotional support
- Linkage to AR’s Medical Case Management Services
We provide a number of additional and new services to clients with HIV or AIDS.
Our individualized case management provides education and services that connect consumers to medical and social services based on their needs in order to promote the well-being of the individual. Generally, this involves monthly face-to-face contact, which is necessary to access most support services.
We offer 3 different housing assistance programs (based on eligiblity) that assist clients with the payment of security deposits, rent or mortgage, as well as emergency financial assistance for an emergency-based need for food, housing, utilities, and medications.
In order to ensure clients can attend medical or social service appointments, AIDS Resource will reimburse clients for mileage or will provide bus tickets or tokens to help with transportation.
We provide payment for medical and dental services and work with an optometrist to provide free vision and eye health exams and free glasses.
AIDS Resource is now offering our clients mental health counseling on-site. Our counseling is free (no insurance required, no co-pay), offered at our office in a safe and comfortable space, and provided by a licensed social worker who has special training and a deep understanding of the unique challenges our clients face.
Because we understand that nutrition plays a large role in health, we are committed to helping our clients access healthy foods. Clients who use our State College office can receive a free monthly gift card to Trader Joe’s and clients who use our Williamsport office can select food at the free monthly food bank at our office.
In addition to these more urgent services, we offer programs and services to help our clients make healthy choices in their day-to-day lives. These include yoga classes at our Williamsport offices and at a yoga studio in State College (classes are absolutely free for clients), Boost or Ensure nutritional supplements delivered directly to your door, and free toothbrushes and toothpaste.
To determine which services will have the most benefit for you, see your case manager.