Resources for Persons Living with HIV
Find HIV care services across the United States, including HIV medical care, housing assistance, and substance abuse and mental health services (from HIV.gov).
- Find your state HIV/AIDS toll-free hotline to connect with agencies that can help determine what services you are eligible for and help you get them (from the Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA]).
- Find Ryan White HIV medical care providers who help people living with HIV access the medical care they need but can’t afford (from HRSA).
- Search for HIV care specialists and members of the American Academy of HIV Medicine for direct access to HIV practitioners across the country (from the American Academy of HIV Medicine).
Paying for HIV Care
- The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program helps people with HIV/AIDS who have nowhere else to turn for the care they need. If you are living with HIV, you can get medical care and some other services — even if you do not have health insurance or money to pay for health services.
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a law that was passed to help ensure that Americans have secure, stable, and affordable health insurance. The ACA created several changes that expand access to coverage for people living with HIV. Because coverage varies by state, talk to your health care provider or a social worker to get information about the coverage available where you live. You can find additional information about the ACA and living with HIV from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can also contact the ACA helpline at 1-800-318-2596 for more information.
- Patient Assistance and Expanded Access Programs (from the HIV Medicine Association).
- If you have HIV/AIDS and cannot work, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
- Greater Than AIDS answers commonly asked questions on many ways to get health insurance.
- If you’re on Medicare, their site page explains how to get drug coverage.
- TARGET Center offers videos and online cost calculators to help you understand options for lowering the cost of health insurance.
CDC Health Information for International Travel (commonly called the Yellow Book).
- Section on Immunocompromised Travelers
- CDC’s Travelers’ Health pages contains find information on:
Housing and Jobs
- The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to local communities, states, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
- The U.S. Department of Labor offers a number of resources on employment options for people with HIV.
- HIV.gov offers advice on getting a new job or returning to work and finding stable housing.
- Business Responds to AIDS offers tools for businesses to reduce stigma and prevent discrimination against employees with HIV.
- The Center for HIV Law and Policy identifies which states have HIV-specific criminal laws and provides additional resources about disclosure, confidentiality, and the law.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people who are discriminated against because they have HIV or have a relationship with someone with HIV.
- The U.S. Department of Justice explains HIV/AIDS anti-discrimination laws and how to file an HIV/AIDS discrimination complaint.
- The Health Resources and Services Administration provides a history of stigma and the Ryan White HIV Program and a videos of stories from the program.
- CDC’s Act Against AIDS Campaign HIV Treatment Works features people living with HIV and their stories, including some testimonials about dealing with stigma. The Act Against AIDS Campaign Let’s Stop HIV Together has additional information on stigma for persons living with HIV.
- To learn more about depression’s causes, symptoms, and treatments, consult the National Institute of Mental Health.
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Find Help website a list of Mental Disorders, as well as a list of organizations and contact numbers that can help you find mental health treatment and support in your local area.
- The Graying of AIDS has much information on HIV and aging.
- CDC has a fact sheet on HIV Among People Aged 50 and Over.
- The National Institute on Aging has an overview of Aging with HIV.
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- Page last reviewed: August 6, 2018
- Page last updated: August 6, 2018
- Content source: Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention