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Whitney Young Health's Community Prevention & Treatment Services (CPTS) has credentialed and trained staff ready to serve the needs of patients with infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Our two programs, Project Impact (Hep C) and Project COOL (HIV Services) offer testing, medical management, and counseling. Community Prevention & Treatment Services is located at our Albany Health Center.

No insurance? We will work with you to see if you qualify for no or low-cost health insurance.

Walk-in HIV/HCV testing hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm at our Albany Health Center.

For more information, please call 518-465-4771 ext. 4553.

Project Impact (Hepatitis C).


Hepatitis C (Hep–C) is a viral infection that primarily affects the liver. Approximately 25,000 people are diagnosed with Hep–C each year. Hep–C is sometimes known as a “silent” infection since those infected with it generally have no symptoms for several years until the virus damages the liver.

Symptoms of Hep–C include:

  • Easy bruising.
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin).
  • Dark urine.
  • Itchy skin.
  • Weight loss.

You are most at risk for Hep–C if you:

  • Have used or currently use intravenous drugs.
  • Received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992.
  • Were ever incarcerated.
  • Were born between 1945 – 1965 (“Baby Boomers” have the highest infection rates).

Hep–C is treatable. Whitney Young Health offers comprehensive support services such as case management and ongoing care coordination for those who test positive for Hep–C. 

Whitney Young Health offers no-cost, confidential Hep-C testing Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

No insurance? We will work with you to see if you qualify for no or low-cost health insurance.

Speak to your Whitney Young Health provider or visit the New York State Department of Health’s website for additional information on Hep–C.


Project COOL (HIV and Hep C).

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Get Tested

WYH offers no-cost rapid HIV testing. Know the results in 20 mins. Walk-in testing hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm at our Albany Health Center. 

For information about walk-in testing, please call (518) 591-4553.

Treat Early

Getting treatment early reduces your risk for complications. Project COOL (Control Over Our Lives) offers comprehensive treatment programs including:

  • HIV and Hepatitis C testing and PrEP services.
  • Connections to Primary Care and Behavioral Health services.
  • Linkage to Licensed Behavioral Health Clinicians.
  • Peer support services.
  • Case Management.
  • At-risk Educational Resources to promote prevention.

Stay Safe

Reduce your risk for HIV exposure with Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). By taking one pill daily, PreP can help stop the virus from establishing a permanent infection when someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use. When used consistently, PrEP can reduce your risk for infection by up to 90%.

PrEP is covered by most insurance programs, but if you do not have insurance, the PrEP Specialist will navigate the PrEP Medication Assistance Program (MAP) and NY State PrEP-AP Program if you meet the eligibility criteria.

It is important to note, PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.

No insurance? We will work with you to see if you qualify for no or low-cost health insurance.

Contact our PrEP Specialist at (518) 591-4553 for additional information, eligibility and requirements for PrEP.