HIV & Infectious Disease Care

Getting to Zero

Whether you are newly diagnosed with HIV, require ongoing treatment, are returning to care, want to get tested, or believe you are at risk, we can help. The StayWell HIV care team is as diverse as the patients who receive some or all of the services we offer to this special group of patients. We recognize the social, emotional, logistical and financial challenges that are experienced by many. Patients are treated with dignity by team members who will assist patients with navigating these challenges.

Case managers and clinicians partner with patients to reach their health goals in all areas of their well-being, not solely on their HIV infection. Those living with the virus have a long life to live when the disease is managed well. Other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or cancer screenings must not be forgotten. StayWell takes care of it all.

80 Phoenix Avenue
Suite 204
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: (203)756-8021

StayWell brings together, under one roof, healthcare and advocacy for the following communities: the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) population, people who use drugs, the homeless and those experiencing housing instability, the recently incarcerated, and sex workers.

Currently Accepting new patients. 

Prevention

All of our sites provide HIV testing, education, counseling, and treatment. We provide confidential, rapid HIV testing, as well as education about prevention. HIV PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) and PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) are available. PrEP is a highly effective one pill per day treatment approved to prevent HIV infection, and we can help connect you to financial assistance if necessary. PrEP is a short-term drug regimen that prevents transmission of HIV, and must be started within 72 hours of exposure. If you are not a patient, we are able expedite your enrollment so you can obtain PrEP through our providers!

You can take an HIV test at home or wherever you are in the Greater Waterbury Area! Care for yourself and your community by testing for HIV while remaining socially distanced. To request a free at-home HIB test, call 203-756-8021 Ext. 3918 or 3406. Please leave a voicemail if we are unable to answer your call. You will receive a response as soon as we are able. 

Infectious Disease Priorities

StayWell offers comprehensive services designed to address all of an individual’s health care needs including:

  • HIV prevention, screening, testing, and treatment
  • Hepatitis C prevention, screening, and treatment
  • Sexually transmitted infection prevention, screening, and treatment
  • Sexual Health
  • Rapid Testing
  • Universal Testing at annual physicals
  • Substance use disorder management
  • LGBTQ-focused primary care & Transgender health

 

Infectious Disease Priorities

Services

Funding

Funding provided by HRSA/HAB.

Funding provided by the City of New Haven.

Funding provided by DPH

Funding provided by CHCACT & HRSA D

Funding provided by the Hunt Group

Funding

Meet Our Staff

Kathyleen Pitner

Health & Wellness Programs Director

Kathyleen came to StayWell in 2019 as the Ryan White Program Director. She holds a Masters in Health Care Administration and a Masters in Clinical Counseling.  Kathyleen has over 15 years’ experience in National and International programs focused on HIV/Care program planning, contract management, compliance, and monitoring. She served in the United States Peace Corps as a volunteer providing training and technical assistance to community and health service providers to raise awareness about communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and sexual and reproductive health. She has served as a Clinical Associate on UNCONNs Institutional Review Board (IRB), and Co-chair on the Data, Quality Management and Assessment Committee with the Connecticut HIV Planning Council and Connecticut Cross Part Collaborative Capacity Building and Communication Committee. Outside of work Kathy enjoys furniture restoration and spending time with her two fur babies.

Dr. Elie Helou

Dr. Helou completed medical school at St Joseph University, Lebanon and completed his residency/fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Dr. Helou is accepting new referrals for ID patients that are 18 or older including HIV, PreP, STD, viral hepatitis etc. Dr. Helou is also a clinical instructor at UConn School of Medicine and works closely with their medical students who rotate here at StayWell.

StayWell Health Center provides comprehensive services to meet the needs of our patients.

With more than 10 locations in Waterbury, CT, we are here to serve you!