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HIV/ AIDS Prevention & Risk Reduction, and Overdose Response Unit

HIV/AIDS Prevention HIV/AIDS Prevention Walk Award Winning Programs
“The goal of our award-winning programs for HIV/AIDS Prevention and HIV/AIDS Health Care & Support Services is to help people be aware of their health status and connected to health care and support services.”  PHOTO, left to right:  Barbara Ligon--OTL counselor, Larry Butler--State Representative 72nd District, Samuel Bowens--Prevention Department Program Coordinator, Ann Galloway-Johnson--OTL counselor, Joyce Boone--Health Care & Support Services Program Coordinator, Jackie Robertson--OTL counselor.

The Waterbury Health Department has more than 30 years experience providing services related to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. When people living with HIV/AIDS achieve the best possible outcomes, they are less likely to transmit HIV infection to others.

Our services include the following specialty areas:

HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Services

  • Free, anonymous and confidential HIV Counseling, (OTL) Outreach, Testing and Linkage
    • Activities designed to increase a client’s knowledge of his/her HIV serostatus; to encourage and support risk reduction; to secure needed referrals for appropriate medical prevention; promote partner counseling; referral services linkage (PCRS); 20-minute Alere HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo Finger Stick test result.
    • Community presentations on the following topics are available upon request: HIV/STI, Hepatits C, Harm and Risk Reduction, Overdose Prevention.
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  • Weekly Mobile Health Van Site Visits
    •  For weekly schedule, please call the Prevention Program at 203-574-6883.
  • PrEP and PeP Education, Referral and Linkage
  • STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Education, Screening and Linkage to Treatment
    •  Daily Screenings available, results in 5-7 days for:
      • Chlamydia
      • Gonorrhea
      • Hep C
      • Syphilis (Symptom screening & referral only)
    • For an appointment, please call the Prevention Program at 203-574-6883.
  • Harm & Risk Reduction / Overdose Prevention, Referral and Linkage
    • For more information about naloxone education and distribution, call 203-574-6883.
  • Home testing kits are available for HIV testing & results in 20 minutes in the privacy of the home.
    •  For more information, call the Prevention Program at 203-574-6883
Health Care & Support Services

Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Getting to Zero CT

Zero New Infections Getting to Zero

In 2017, the CT Department of Public Health DPH Commissioner appointed a 23 member commission – including Samuel F. Bowens III, Program Coordinator, Waterbury Health Department Prevention Program – to use a data-driven process to develop a statewide plan with city-specific recommendations on how to end the HIV epidemic in CT. 


For more information:

Did you know that?


  • 1 in 880 White women, 1 in 132 White men and 1 in 11 White MSM will contract HIV in a lifetime.
  • 1 in 227 Hispanic women, 1 in 48 Hispanic men and 1 in 4 Hispanic MSM will contract HIV in a life time.
  • 1 in 48 Black women, 1 in 20 Black men and 1 in 2 Black MSM will contract HIV in a life time.




2019 Prevention Program Brochure 
Black MSM (Men who have sex with Men) “Get Tested” Campaign
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