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Mental mess: Tested positive, unemployed, no insurance

Jul 22, 2004

I will make this short as possiable. I live in the LA area.

Lost my job in November, still unemployeed, looking daily.

Tested HIV poz in Feb.

Lost Insurence in March.

Savings running out.

I have never had so many problems on my plate at once. Have always been able to work things out. But this is getting to be more than I can handle.

My question is, Are there Mental Health Service availbe at little or no cost? I have never been in this financal or mental state before. I am not proud of it, but think I need to speak to a professional, to help me sort things out.

Thanks for your help.


Response from Dr. Horwath

I don't know LA, but most large cities have some kind of community mental health centers where you can seek treatment. University medical centers (eg. UCLA) often provide low cost psychiatric treatment through their clinics, sometimes provided by psychiatry residents.

Some AIDS service organizations also provide help, such as counseling and support, which might help you connect to services for which you may be eligible. Check the homepage of The Body and click on "Helping and Getting Help" for a list of AIDS service organizations.

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