Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Same Day Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and STI treatment

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First step, get PrEP.

Are you having sex without condoms? Don’t know the HIV status of your partner(s)? Are your partner(s) living with HIV with a detectable viral load? Have you had an STI in the last six months? Have you injected drugs and shared equipment? Have you been in a treatment program for drug use?

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) could be for you.

 

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The Facts

  • PrEP can reduce your risk of getting HIV by over 90% when taken every day.
  • PrEP is a once daily pill.
  • PrEP only has rare, minor side effects.
  • PrEP can be very low-cost

 

Interested in PrEP? GLASS can help.

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How to Get It

  • Call to make an appointment at Boston GLASS or Framingham GLASS.
  • We’ll run a few lab tests (this does include drawing blood) and ask some health questions.
  • We’ll help you with any paperwork and guide you through the steps to reduce the cost. (At our Boston location, you will be enrolled in the Mass General Hospital system and the cost of your visit will be covered whether you have insurance or not.)
  • If you want to move forward with PrEP, you will be given a prescription at your first visit. (For Boston, this is limited to Wednesdays 3:00-7:00.)
  • You fill your prescription at Walgreens Pharmacy or somewhere similar. (For Boston, this is sent electronically.) 
  • Your lab test results take 5-7 days to come back at which point someone will call you to let you know if you are eligible to keep taking PrEP.
  • You will initially come back for follow-up one month after your first visit, then every three months after that for follow-up testing.

 

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FAQ

Do I need health insurance?

No, but if you do have it we ask that you bring your insurance card so that we may bill it. However, we can provide these services even if you don’t have insurance.

What does “low-cost” mean?

The prescription can cost around $10/month, but we can’t guarantee an exact amount. Our staff can help you with the PrEP Drug Assistance Program (PrEPDAP) to help with initial costs.

Do I have to pay GLASS?

No, GLASS may bill your insurance but we don’t bill you.

Where is GLASS?

Our Boston location is at 75 Amory Street. (Follow the JRI sign down Amory Ave to the back entrance of the big brick building.) Our Framingham location is at 1 Grant Street (Suite 100, the first door on the right) under the name Program RISE.

What are your hours?

Hours for PrEP appointments vary. They are on Wednesdays 3:00-7:00 in Boston and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Framingham. Call or text Boston at 978-604-6937 or call Framingham at 508-935-2960.

What is GLASS?

GLASS provides many services to LGBTQ+ young people of color in the Boston and MetroWest areas. Learn more at www.jri.org/glass.

What if I’m a minor?

GLASS can only prescribe PrEP to folks 18 or older. Massachusetts General Hospital and Planned Parenthood offer PrEP to those under 18 on a case-by-case basis. You can call 617-726-3236 for MGH or 800-258-4448 for Planned Parenthood to make an appointment.

STI treatment also available! Contact either location.

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