Services for HIV-positive clients:
Project STAY offers clinical services to HIV-positive adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13 and 24, regardless of insurance coverage. Our medical staff consists of doctors and nurse practitioners trained in adolescent health, HIV, and other infectious diseases.
HIV-positive clients receive a comprehensive clinical assessment, including their baseline levels of viral load, T-cell counts, and HIV pheno/geno-typing. Following the initial evaluation, a medical treatment plan is developed and reviewed with the client and members of the Project STAY team. Subsequently, clients are seen on a quarterly basis (or more frequently, if needed) to monitor their health status and make appropriate treatment modifications.
Project STAY welcomes clients to make informed decisions about their health. Visits may last up to 60 to 90 minutes to allow adequate time for thorough clinical evaluation as well as individualized health education and counseling.
When a client's medical condition warrants highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), our team collaborates with the client to design a plan that maximizes treatment efficacy, minimizes interruptions in the client's lifestyle, and facilitates optimal adherence. Once HAART has begun, clients are closely monitored to assess and address medication side effects, as well as any other psychosocial factors that may affect adherence. Modifications in treatment plans are made, as necessary, with full client involvement and participation.
Clients are informed of research protocols investigating the benefits of new treatments in place at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University and other hospital centers. If interested, clients can be enrolled in appropriate protocols and continue to receive their regular care at Project STAY.
Mental health services are carefully coordinated with medical care providers. Each HIV-positive client is assigned a social worker who performs an in-depth psychosocial assessment. Clients in need of supportive counseling or case management services are scheduled for additional appointments as needed at our administrative office at 215 West 125th Street in Harlem. Project STAY also has an on-site psychiatrist to assess clients requiring more extensive individual psychiatric evaluation.
To address common isolation issues, clients are encouraged to join our support groups, which meet every Friday afternoon for lunch. Support services are also available for family members and significant others directly or through referrals to a network of community-based programs.
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