Knowing when you need help is vital. An HIV/AIDS organization can be a lifeline. Many HIV/AIDS organizations have case managers who can help you move forward on many of your health care issues.
You'll find most, if not all, of the following at HIV/AIDS organizations:
- HIV support groups
- Mental health and substance abuse counseling
- Case managers who can connect you to government aid you may need, such as Medicaid, disability insurance or medication assistance
- Expert information on HIV and nutrition, fitness and other issues
- HIV treatment information and adherence workshops to help with taking HIV medications
- HIV prevention counseling, safe sex workshops and free condoms
Most big cities have several HIV/AIDS organizations geared to meet the needs of different populations. For help in finding a local organization, go online to www.thebody.com/hotlines.html or call the CDC Healthline at 1-800-232-4636.
For additional information on finding support and information available for someone diagnosed with HIV, visit: www.thebody.com/justdiagnosed
"An HIV support group was really what kept me positive and focused on living with the disease, and not dying from it."
-- Pam Yelsky, diagnosed in 1992
As we've mentioned, HIV/AIDS organizations can provide a lot of help. There are even a growing number throughout the United States that specifically cater to the needs of HIV-positive women and offer a range of services.
Call the 24-hour CDC healthline at 1-800-232-4636 for referrals to organizations near you. No matter where you live, you can also call one of the organizations below to connect to other HIV-positive women and find services.
Women Alive (Los Angeles, CA)
The country's largest organization helping HIV-positive women. Their hotline is open 10 am - 6 pm (Pacific time) Monday - Friday
WORLD (Oakland, CA)
One of the oldest organizations devoted to HIV-positive women. Great newsletter and yearly retreats.
Chicago Women's AIDS Project
They have a wide array of services for HIV-positive women in Chicago.
Women's Institute (New York, NY)
Services for women at GMHC, the largest HIV organization in NYC.
Women at Risk (Culver City, CA)
They specialize in helping women in the Los Angeles area, but can offer resources to women throughout the U.S.
Babes Network (Seattle, WA)
One of the oldest organizations helping HIV-positive women. Their hotline is open 10 am - 6 pm (Pacific time)
Women and aids Network (New Jersey)
Their Warmline is open 9 am- 5 pm (Eastern time) Monday - Friday
HIV Wisdom for older women
Help for HIV-infected older women.