AIDS Project Worcester is a nonprofit organization that uses advocacy, education and collaborative initiatives to enhance the lives and health of people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections.
About AIDS Project Worcester
AIDS Project Worcester, Inc. (APW) is the primary and most comprehensive AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in Central Massachusetts. It is the second largest ASO in New England, providing services to persons living with HIV/AIDS since 1987. Over the decades, APW has adapted and expanded to meet emerging public health issues in Central Massachusetts, which is reflected in the multiple services we offer today to both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people.
APW provides a comprehensive range of services to support the medical care and various service needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and those at greatest risk for HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV). Our office is located in Worcester but we provide services throughout Central Mass. All services are offered in English and Spanish with translation services available for other languages as needed. Services are available in the home, hospital, respite settings, detoxification/substance abuse treatment programs, shelters, neutral locations, and other community settings based on client need. Over the past 12 months (2016), we have provided services to more than 400 persons infected with HIV/AIDS and their 1,200 affected family members, have enrolled thousands in the statewide Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program, have enrolled more than 700 people in Worcester’s Syringe Services Program, and have tested hundreds for HIV/HCV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Client Services serves those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and includes medical case management, positive prevention services, housing assistance, transportation, emergency assistance, nutritional services, legal assistance (civil), medical adherence programs, permanency planning, peer support services, a speakers’ bureau, and mental health counseling.
Prevention and Screening Services includes counseling and screening for HIV/Hepatitis C (HCV), gonorrhea and chlamydia, and syphilis; Narcan training, enrollment, and distribution; the Syringe Services Program (needle exchange) for the city of Worcester; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) outreach including SWAGLY (Supporters of Worcester Area Gay and Lesbian Youth), a weekly drop-in youth support group; HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention services; outreach and prevention services; harm and risk reduction services; and education and emotional support services.
Organizational Core Values
- The importance of HIV/HCV and other STI prevention and education
- Service to the broadest community constituency
- Access to services is available to any HIV infected individual
- The inclusion of affected family members
- Focus on comprehensive holistic service provision
- Client advocacy and empowerment
- Effective partnership with consumers
Location & Hours
APW is located at 85 Green Street (with its entrance at 12 Plymouth Street), Worcester, MA 01604.
Open: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday noon-5 p.m. (for Prevention and Screening services only)