Mission & History

The Center for Special Studies provides first class, HIV specialized care to people living with HIV/AIDS. We offer a very high standard of care in a welcoming and non-discriminatory setting. We have been a leader in HIV care since 1988. The Center was one of the first programs in New York to be recognized as a Designated AIDS Center by the Department of Health.

CSS was developed in response to the specific needs of the HIV infected community. We understand that people with HIV face many social and psychological issues beyond the physical ones that affect their overall health. Therefore, we offer a wide range of services to meet many of these needs.

Central to the mission of the CSS is the assurance and provision of high quality patient care that is both compassionate and non-judgmental in its treatment of patients and their families.

CSS, through its vast range of clinical and supportive services, provides case managed, comprehensive care to patients, families and significant others. A multidisciplinary health care team is the vehicle for delivering this individualized and specialized care, regardless of whether the patient is in an institutional or a community setting. The whole spectrum of patient and family needs are addressed.

When you begin care at the Center for Special Studies, you will have a team of dedicated health professionals who together with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) will provide outpatient care that is effective, safe and tailored to your own personal state of health.

If you need to stay in the Hospital, your CSS team continues to manage your care. Because we are a teaching hospital you will receive care from an even larger team of professionals supervised by your Health Care Team from CSS.

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Your Health Care Team Includes:

Your Primary Care Provider oversees all of your health care needs including HIV. Your doctor will care for you as both an inpatient and an outpatient at New York Presbyterian Hospital and, if necessary, coordinate your care with other subspecialties.

Your Social Worker provides individual and family counseling, education about HIV, insurance and entitlement information, as well as referrals to community service agencies. Psychiatrists are available to help patients cope with the many stresses faced by persons with HIV disease.

Nurses provide direct communication to your physician throughout the day. They also provide HIV education, medication adherence, Primary Care and discharge planning for Hospitalized patients. Nutritionists provide counseling and nutrition education for weight management.

Additional Services Include:

  • Dental Services
  • GYN/Women's Health Services
  • Anal Cancer Screening/HPV and Wart Treatment
  • Dermatology/Skin Problems
  • Hepatitis C Education and Treatment
  • STD Testing and Treatment
  • Vaccinations
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Diabetes Education
  • Substance Use Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Legal Services (Living Will/ Health Care Proxy)
  • Partner HIV Testing
  • Access to Clinical Research Trials