GLBT Mission Statement
APW is committed to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) community in Central Massachusetts. Through our Prevention and Screening Department, we provide a range of services with the goal of providing support, counseling and education to members of the GLBTQ community who live and work here. Services are offered to individuals regardless of their HIV status (HIV positive or negative).
All services are free and confidential!
Services offered through the GLBT Department:
- PrEP – Pre-exposure Prophylaxis
- Health Education
- Club and Bar Outreach
- Online Outreach
- HIV, Hepatitis C, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Screening Services
- Supportive Educational Groups
- Condoms, dental dams, and lube
Staff is available to provide educational sessions to individuals and groups. We tailor our sessions to the needs of the client. We are particularly sensitive to the needs of GLBTQ people.
Club and Bar Outreach
Outreach staff is present at local bars and clubs. We are available to answer questions, provide you with condoms, lube, dental dams, and other HIV/STD prevention materials. We are also around just to chat and say hello. Our staff wears badges indicating that they are from AIDS Project Worcester (APW).
Outreach staff is available on many of your favorite websites. We’re there to offer support, chat, provide information, and make referrals for HIV/STD testing.
Look for Marcus_APW or OutreachAPW next time you’re online!
HIV/HCV/STI Screening Services
APW offers confidential HIV, Hepatitis C, and STI screenings for anyone. All screening services are delivered during a brief, confidential, educational counseling session. We currently offer the following tests:
1) HIV Testing: A blood draw is performed by a trained phlebotomist. Specimens are sent out to a lab with results available in 3-5 business days.
2) Hepatitis C Testing: A blood draw is performed by a trained phlebotomist. Specimens are sent out to a lab with results available in 3-5 business days.
3) Syphilis Testing: A blood draw is performed by a trained phlebotomist. Specimens are sent out to a lab with results available in 3-5 business days.
3) Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Testing: Urine sample is sent to a laboratory for testing. Results are available in 3-5 business days.
Screening services are available at our office at 85 Green Street (entrance at 12 Plymouth Street), Worcester Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm and Saturdays from noon-4 pm. For more information, call (508) 755-3773 and ask for Prevention and Screening.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
APW is collaborating with UMass Memorial Healthcare to provide PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to those who are HIV-negative. If your partner is HIV-positive, if you have multiple sexual partners, if you are a person who injects drugs, or if you are an MSM, then you might benefit from this one pill a day regimen to keep you HIV-negative. Call Amanda Mehaffey at 508.755.3773, extension 29. or email her at email@example.com for more information. The PrEP medication might be free to you; counselors are available to discuss options.
Supportive Educational Groups
APW offers group sessions for GLBT people. Groups are a great way to meet other people in the area, get outside of your comfort zone, talk about what’s going on in your life, and get information. Call 508.755.3773 and ask for Prevention and Screening to find out what groups are being offered as they might change. All groups are free, safe, and completely confidential.
We currently offer the following groups:
SWAGLY (Supporters of Worcester Area Gay and Lesbian Youth): A program affiliated with the AGLY network, it offers a safe opportunity for LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 12-22 who are looking for a welcoming space. This drop-in runs from 5:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday. Call Luis Cantres at 508.755.3773 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Trans4mations 1 and Trans4mations 2: Educational drop-in groups that are facilitated by Lauren Gartenlaub for transgender, gender variant, and questioning individuals. Trans4mations 1 meets two Monday evenings a month. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 19, from 6-8 p.m. Trans4mations 2 meets every Thursday afternoon from noon to 2 p.m. Please call Lauren Gartenlaub at 508.755.3773, extension 42, for details.