Project HERRS

Project HERRSHealth Education and Risk Reduction Services for women
The New York State Department of Health Women’s Initiative, Project HERRS, teaches women how to take charge of their lives and sexual safety, and how to decrease their risk and their partner's risk of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. 

Project HERRS offers HIV and STD prevention and related services for women ages 18-65 throughout ACR’s nine county service area by utilizing the Safety First Outreach mobile units in Syracuse, Utica, and community settings in Watertown to counsel individuals about risk reduction; provide evidence-based group interventions; and provide confidential HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea screenings in the mobile units and in approved community settings.

The Women’s Initiative is funded through a yearly $193,735 allotment from the New York State Department of Health.  Its goal is to decrease the rate of HIV/STDs among women living in Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown, New York, and their male partners.

Community Street-based
outreach: face-to-face risk reduction sessions, distribution of HIV/AIDS, STI, and hepatitis written materials and supplies, skills-building demonstrations, and referrals.
Individual Risk Reduction Counseling: Comprehensive one-on-one risk HIV/STD reduction counseling sessions to reduce risk for the acquisition and/or transmission of HIV/STDs.
Educational Groups (Utica, Watertown, and Syracuse): A six-session intervention addressing influences that place women at risk for HIV/STDs.
Educational Groups (Watertown): A single-session, video-based HIV/STD prevention session to encourage condom use and negotiation skills. 
Uni-Gold HIV testing and urine chlamydia and gonorrhea screening are available at ACR offices and designated community-based locations and at street-outreach sites in Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown. 

Amanda - graduate of Project HERRS

"Project HERRS helped me to realize my personal rights, and most importantly, how to be treated with respect."  Amanda


Call ACR Health at 1.800.475.2430 to talk to a Prevention Health Advocate in the Women's Program or email us at



Between 2006-2008 females living in Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown accounted for a combined 63% of chlamydia and 58% gonorrhea cases (NYSDOH).