HIV Care and Prevention
What is HIV/AIDS?
Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a virus that can be transmitted person-to-person through sexual contact and blood via the sharing of injection materials and needles. When the disease is left untreated and progresses to a certain stage, a person is then considered to have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. The epidemic that started in the 1980s was detrimental to the LGBTQ+ community, but today, there are a number of medical innovations for treatment and prevention of HIV. It’s important to know your status and risk and to talk to your healthcare provider about prevention and treatment strategies.
Learn more about HIV and AIDS here.
Where to Go for Care
Whether it’s for HIV testing, prevention, or treatment, these public, local, and surrounding providers can help you meet your care goals and needs.
Montgomery County Resources
- Public Health Clinics
- HIV Testing
- PrEP and PEP for HIV Prevention
- Planned Parenthood, Norristown
- Family Services of Montgomery County
- Associates in Infectious Disease, Abington
- Norristown Regional Health Center (Ryan White Funded)
- Einstein Infectious Disease
- Grand View Infectious Disease Associates
- Associates in Infectious Diseases
- Delaware Valley ID Associates
- Eastern Pennsylvania Infectious Disease Associates, LLC
- Main Line Health
- Novus ACS (Bridgeport)
- Planned Parenthood (Philadelphia, Media, Pottstown, Upper Darby, Warminster)
- Novus ACS (Doylestown)
- Brandywine Valley Infectious Disease (Ryan White Funded)
- Drexel University College of Medicine/Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice
- Jefferson University Infectious Disease
- Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers
- Mazzoni Center (Philadelphia)
- Einstein Pride Program (Philadelphia)
- Einstein Infectious Disease
- Esperanza Health Centers
- Maria de los Santa Health Center
- District Health Centers
- Penn Medicine
- Bebashi Transition to Hope (Philadelphia)
- Eastern Pennsylvania Infectious Disease Associates
Call 1-800-985-2437 to enroll.
Montgomery - Family Services of Montgomery County, Project Hope
Berks - Co-County Wellness Services
Chester - Family Services of Chester County, Project One (Ryan White Funded)
Delaware - AIDS Care Group (Ryan White Funded)
Philadelphia County - City of Philadelphia
It is important to know your status! Learn more about HIV testing here and make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about an HIV test at your next visit.
Did you know there is a pill for HIV prevention? Learn more about Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, for oral, once-daily HIV prevention below. In the case of an exposure to HIV, Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP, can prevent the transmission of the virus if started within 72 hours and continued for 28 days. PrEP and PEP are for everyone at-risk, regardless of gender, race, or sexuality.
HIV TREATMENT AND CARE
HIV can be treated with once-daily oral medication known as antiretroviral therapy or ART. Although a cure for HIV does not yet exist, ART can keep you healthy for many years and decades. ART reduces the amount of virus (or viral load) in your blood and body fluids. ART is recommended for all people with HIV, regardless of how long they’ve had the virus or how healthy they are. ART also reduces your chance of transmitting HIV to others if taken as prescribed, eventually reaching a point where viral load is undetectable and the risk of transmission to other people is zero. Read more below and contact your healthcare provider today!
- HIV Positive Care
- HIV Positive Care for Older Adults
- Treatment as Prevention; TasP
- Undetectable = Untransmittable