YRGCARE is a non-profit based in Chennai, established in 1993 by Suniti Solomon, credited with documenting the first case of HIV in India (1986). Since inception, YRGCARE focuses on offering non-stigmatising, high quality services to those with or at risk for HIV. The organisation has a team of over 1500 people involved in various program deliveries, multiple research implementations, core lab sciences, and treatment trials, across India offering quality care and diagnostic inputs.
YRGCARE offers access to pre and post test HIV counselling that helps people better perceive their risks, assess and prevent risk behaviour, harm reduction, and services for timely screening/testing. Centred on a three-pronged approach, YRGCARE promotes counselling for individuals, communities, and populations - thereby ensuring better understanding, planning, and action.
YRGCARE is uniquely poised as a quality control laboratory with its service and research operations, and expertise both on clinic / community-based testing approaches for several communicable diseases which have been of pandemic or epidemic potentialities in India; viz HIV and associated infections like TB, Hepatitis B & C, COVID19, and more.
Care & Treatment
Early diagnosis and treatment reduces disease progression and prevents transmission with viral suppression. YRGCARE has been one of the first to respond to the clinical care needs of people living with HIV, other associated infections like TB, Hepatitis B & C and STIs, preventing mother to child transmission through effective protocols and recently COVID-19, through outpatient care, inpatient care, and a subsidised pharmacy to ensure affordable medications for all; often a key barrier in the patient’s care and treatment needs.
A comprehensive package of prevention services that cater to the needs of the most marginalised communities, YRGCARE through its single window approaches, has been successfully running Integrated Care Center, Mitr Clinics, and Adolescent Friendly Health Services, keeping clients and their partners at the centre of those services.
YRGCARE forges liaisons and linkages with local organisations at the grass root level, government and non government organisations, as well as with community led organisations. Many of its project – field level decisions are led by affected communities, thus helping to engage the community for better
YRGCARE’s outreach approaches are market-oriented, delivered both offline and online. The primary objective of outreach is to create an enabling environment, engage with the affected communities to create demand as well as set-up services in a unique way driven by the community.
YRGCARE’s training courses are tailored to the needs of the participants and use interactive tools with real life-learning opportunities. YRGCARE offers training for clinicians, obstetricians and gynecologists, laboratory scientists and technologists, health care workers, social workers, counselors in their respective fields relating to HIV prevention and management.
People we serve
People Living with HIV
People Who Inject Drugs
People Who Use Drugs
Men who have Sex with Men
People who are Incarcerated
Men & Women
lives touched till date
partners from across the globe
Projects and Programs currently active
sites pan India
"I came across Project MOMENTUM Routine Immunization by USAID and JSI India in newspapers. When I approached the YRGCARE team working with this project in Jalgaon, they offered their immediate and complete support in organising a COVID-19 vaccination camp for our people. I thank them for their efforts."
“Our partnership with YRGCARE is critical in helping SeriousFun Children’s Network carry out its mission. Over our 10+ years of camp partnership, and as Camp Rainbow expands to benefit more children and their families, the team at YRGCARE consistently prioritizes the unique needs of every participant so they can have the greatest impact possible.”