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Ryan White Program (HIV/AIDS)

Named for HIV/AIDS activist Ryan White, this program offers testing, primary care, support and assistance for people and families living with HIV/AIDS.

NEW! HIV Self-Test Kits

Free, Fast Results, Confidential

The Ryan White program is now offering self-test kits for those who believe they may have been exposed to HIV or are at high-risk for exposure through sexual activity or sharing injection drugs. These kits are free, rapid HIV testing kits for personal use at home. Available to any resident in Essex, Hamilton, Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties, you do not need to be a Hudson Headwaters patient.

  • These kits can be picked up or delivered – to be determined on an individual basis – and include the Oraquick test kit, health information pamphlets, contact card, and some fun stuff: stress ball, fun putty, fun figures, and condoms, all in a discrete plain brown paper bag.
  • Before receiving your kit, individuals will engage in a brief review of testing, risk reduction counseling and registration.
  • To qualify for a self-test kit, individuals must register via phone, text, or email and agree to report results to contact. We are also readily available to answer questions.
  • The test is an oral swab with step by step directions (for more information visit and takes 20 minutes. Tester must be sure not to eat or drink anything including smoking, gum, candy, etc. for at least 15 minutes prior to the swab.
  • After reporting your results, including a photo of your test results, to your Ryan White contact you will receive a $10 Stewart’s card!
  • In the event of a reactive test the Ryan White Program will immediately assist by providing lab order for a confirmatory test, support and test counseling, and appointment with a specialist provider with the goal of same day treatment start, and a review of and assistance with insurance coverage for medications and appointments.

If interested in receiving a Self-Test Kit, call or text Melissa Carbone at 518-669-6899 or email at

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Our goals are to:

  • Improve the quality of care for our patients
  • Provide effective care coordination
  • Provide education for patients and the community
  • Provide prevention services

We embrace the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to:

  • Reduce new infections
  • Increase access to care and improve outcomes for those living with HIV
  • Reduce HIV related disparities

Our Services include:


  • Testing and counseling for those at risk for HIV infection
  • HIV Rapid testing
  • Specialized HIV medical care
  • Referrals for specialty care
  • Dental care
  • Lab work
  • X-ray
  • Nutrition counseling

Behavioral Health

  • Mental health counseling
  • Psychiatric care and medication management
  • Substance abuse counseling/treatment referrals
  • HIV/AIDS support groups

Social and Financial Services

  • Care management/Care Coordination
  • Community outreach
  • Peer advocacy and support
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Health Education
  • Financial Assistance:
    • Enrollment assistance
    • Insurance applications
    • Sliding Fee Program
    • Pharmacy Assistance Program
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