There are many national and local organizations that provide a variety of in-person and virtual resources for people living with HIV to help you get care, stay in care, and live well. Here you can find recommended organizations and other sources of information to help you address issues you may face living with HIV.
Find a Doctor
Once you receive a diagnosis of HIV, the most important next step is to get into medical care. These organizations can help you locate HIV providers and services near you.
- The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program helps people with HIV who have nowhere else to turn for health care. You can search for free or low-cost medical care even if you don't have health insurance.
- The American Academy of HIV Medicine site allows users to search for medical providers by specialty and by type of payment accepted.
Find Services and Support
Receiving support and learning about how other people living with HIV have handled their diagnosis may be helpful. These resources can help you locate HIV services near you.
Related: How to Locate HIV/AIDS Services Near You
These hotlines are available to provide information and support about living with HIV/AIDS.
- 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) offers basic info on HIV and testing in English and Spanish. After you select your language, press 9 and then 1. TTY service for the deaf: 1-888-232-6348
- The Health Resources and Services Administration provides a list of all state HIV/AIDS hotlines.
- AIDSinfo has health information specialists available by phone, email, and mail who provide answers to questions about HIV clinical trials and treatment.
- Project Inform has an HIV Health InfoLine with staff, many of whom live with or are impacted by HIV, to provide insight and support. (This is a call-back service -- leave a message and your call will be returned.)
HIV treatment involves taking medicines that slow the progression of the virus in your body. There are many online sources of information about HIV treatment, but it's important to use only trusted sites.
Paying for HIV Care
Living with HIV can bring up a lot of questions and concerns, especially about how to pay for treatment. These resources offer information and help.
Housing and Jobs
The conditions in which people with HIV live and work help them have healthy lives. You can find information on securing employment and housing through these pages.
Disclosure, Discrimination, and Stigma
Telling others that you have HIV can be difficult, but it is an important part of managing your infection.
Prevention and STDs
If you are living with HIV, it's important to make choices that keep you healthy and protect others.
- CDC has pages on HIV prevention and condoms, PEP, and PrEP, and HIV and STD testing resources.
- CDC also offers information on sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, HPV, syphilis, hepatitis, and hepatitis and HIV.
To help manage your mental health when living with HIV, it is important to know when, how, and where to get help.
Substance use can be harmful to your health and well-being when living with HIV. You can find help and resources for reducing or stopping substance use from the following.
HIV/AIDS can affect LBGT populations in different ways. You can learn more from these resources.
A growing number of people aged 50 and older in the United States are living with HIV infection. You can learn more about aging with HIV from these resources.
In addition to staying in care and on treatment, there are many things you can do to stay healthy and live well.
About 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don't know it. Learn more facts and figures about different population in the U.S.
[Note from TheBody.com: This article was originally published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 25, 2017. We have cross-posted it with their permission.]