Services

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care

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Ryan Health has been a leading provider of quality HIV care, treatment and prevention services in communities throughout New York City since 1988. Ryan's HIV care team consists of highly skilled doctors, nurses, social workers, patient navigators and case managers who work together to create individualized care plans for people living with HIV who have a wide variety of needs.

HIV services include:

Treatment

We provide compassionate, confidential treatment of HIV, Hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

  • HIV Case Management and Patient Navigation Services
  • The Undetectables (An incentive program for virally suppressed patients living with HIV)
  • PEP Emergency and PrEP Coordination Services
  • Individualized Specialty Referrals

Prevention

Prevention services are coordinated through the Prevention, Education and Outreach (PEO) Department, which has provided 30 years of HIV and STI Services, including 5 years of PrEP/PEP Services and 7 years of Rapid Hepatitis C (HCV) Services.

  • Prevention Education and Counseling
  • 4th Generation Rapid HIV Testing
  • Rapid Hepatitis C Testing
  • STI Testing and Treatment as needed
    • 3 site STI Testing (Urine Sample, Throat Swab, Rectal Swab)
  • Mobile Medical Unit

Learn how Ryan Health supports those living with HIV and AIDS

95% Of our patients with HIV have undetectable viral loads

We're a leader in HIV care and prevention

My Care Team

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Meredith Gentes, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care
  • Diabetes Management and Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care
  • PrEP and PEP
  • Women’s Health
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Zehra Siddiqui, DO

Assistant Medical Director
  • Primary Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care
  • PrEP and PEP
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Edward Solis, MD

Internal Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care
  • PrEP and PEP

Questions

How long does an HIV test take?

The HIV test takes approximately 20 minutes to run. That does not include the counseling that is provided during the HIV test. The entire appointment lasts about 30 minutes.

How much does an HIV test cost?

A Rapid HIV test is completely free at Ryan Health, regardless of your insurance status.

When can I get an HIV test?

You can walk in at any time for a Rapid HIV test. An appointment is required for a blood draw.

How effective is a Rapid HIV test?

The 4th Generation Rapid HIV test is 99.9% accurate. It tests for antigens (foreign substances in the blood) and antibodies (cells the body creates to neutralize foreign substances).

How can I prevent HIV?

To help prevent the spread of HIV:

  • Use a new condom every time you have sex. Use a new condom every time you have anal or vaginal sex. Women can use a female condom. If using lubricant, make sure it's water-based. Oil-based lubricants can weaken condoms and cause them to break. During oral sex use a nonlubricated, cut-open condom or a dental dam — a piece of medical-grade latex.
  • Consider the drug Truvada. The drug emtricitabine-tenofovir (Truvada) can reduce the risk of sexually transmitted HIV infection in people at very high risk. You need to take it every day. It doesn't prevent other STIs, so you'll still need to practice safe sex. PrEP and PEP
  • Tell your sexual partners if you have HIV. It's important to tell all your current and past sexual partners that you're HIV-positive. They'll need to be tested.
  • Use a clean needle. If you use a needle to inject drugs, make sure it's sterile and don't share it. Take advantage of needle-exchange programs in your community and consider seeking help for your drug use.
  • If you're pregnant, get medical care right away. If you're HIV-positive, you may pass the infection to your baby. But if you receive treatment during pregnancy, you can cut your baby's risk significantly.
  • Consider male circumcision. There's evidence that male circumcision can help reduce a man's risk of getting HIV infection.