A Guide To Staying Healthy
KNOW YOUR HIV STATUS
WHY SHOULD I GET TESTED?
Testing for HIV is important for your health, your relationships, your life and your future. Early detection can lead to early treatment and improved health outcomes.
CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care.
- Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner(s) healthy.
The benefits of know your HIV status
- The earlier that someone is diagnosed as living with HIV, the earlier life-saving treatment begins and leads to positive outcomes.
- HIV treatment reduces the viral load – the amount of HIV in a person’s body – to undetectable levels. With an undetectable level of HIV, a person can’t pass on the virus to someone else.
Co-factors, behaviors and conditions that put an individual at greater risk for the transmission of HIV.
- Injecting drugs and sharing needles, syringes, or other drug equipment with individuals who are not undetectable or those not aware of their HIV status.
- Unprotected anal or vaginal sex with an HIV positive individual who is not undetectable or those unaware of their HIV status.
- Having another sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea or bacterial vaginosis.
Substance use and abuse can contribute to these risks indirectly because alcohol and other drugs lower inhibitions and make it more likely for individuals to engage in behaviors that increase the risk of transmission.
FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL TESTING IS AVAILABLE
FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL TESTING LOCATIONS AND ADDITIONAL SUPPORT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING THE “LOCATIONS” BUTTON.
IF YOU’RE LIVING WITH HIV
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES UNDER THIS PROGRAM YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
- Be an individual living with HIV (PLWH).
- Have an individual or household income at or below 300% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
- Be a resident of Indiana.
- Be assessed for all other insurances or health care coverage (Including Medicaid and Medicare).
HOW DO I APPLY?
Application for the Ryan White HIV Services Program must be made through an HIV Care Coordinator/Non-medical Case Manager. HIV Care Coordination/Non-medical Case Management is a specialized form of case management with the goal of enhancing quality of life for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A).
HELP IS AVAILABLE
LIST OF SERVICES AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUALS ELIGIBLE & ENROLLED IN THE DIVISION’S HIV SERVICES PROGRAM
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Foodbank/Home Delivered Meal
- Health Education and Risk Reduction
- Legal Services
- Linguistic Services
- Medical Transportation
- Non-Medical Case Management
- Outreach Services
- Psychosocial Support Services
- Substance Abuse Services (residential)
CORE MEDICAL SERVICES
- AIDS Drug Assistance Program Treatments – Medications
- Health Insurance Premium and Cost Sharing Assistance
- Early Intervention Services
- Medical Case Management
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Mental Health Services
- Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services
- Substance Abuse Outpatient Care