Whittier has a comprehensive HIV Services Department that includes primary care, infectious disease consultation by an Infectious Disease Physician, case management, oral health services, housing services and peer support. Whittier also has prevention and education efforts including outreach and HIV counseling and testing.
Our department provides a number of services for people living with HIV/AIDS and those affected by it, including:
HIV and STD information and education- We conduct weekly outreach efforts providing HIV & STD prevention information. We also connect individuals to primary care, behavioral health, dental care and other services. If you have any questions about HIV/AIDS and/or STD’s, or if you are a provider who would like us to participate in one of your events, contact Jesús Géliga at 617-989-3236.
HIV Counseling and Testing- Whittier Street Health Center provides confidential HIV testing. Patients testing with us will also have the opportunity to meet with an HIV counselor who will guide them in developing a plan to remain HIV negative, reduce risks and to access needed care/services. For more information contact Sheryl Watkins at 617-989-3134 or Jesús Géliga at 617-989-3236.
Primary care and medical case management services- We provide primary care services for people living with HIV/AIDS. A case manager will also assist patients in accessing needed services and will provide guidance and education on issues around medication adherence and risk reduction behaviors. Please contact Lucianaga Edwards at 617-989-3088.
Housing Program- Provides housing and case management services for 10 previously homeless families affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information call Hilda Bautista at 617-989-3043.
Boston Pediatric and Family AIDS Project- This program provides family-based services to women, children, adolescents and families living with HIV/AIDS. For more information about these services contact the program case manager, Fadumo Maow at 617-989-3014.
Oral Health Program- For someone living with HIV good oral health and regular dental care become more important. Our program provides dental services to people living with HIV. The oral health case manager will work with patients to facilitate access to these services. Call Stanley Desarmes to enroll in the program or for more information at 617-989-3128.
Peer Support Program- For people living with HIV/AIDS the peer support program provides an opportunity to meet others living with the disease. A peer support counselor facilitates monthly group meetings. For more information call Cheryl Watkins at 617-989-3134.
For general information about the department you may contact Jesús Géliga at 617-989-3236.
Please note that Whittier takes confidentiality very seriously and your health status will never be told to anyone without permission.