HIV and AIDS
AIDS is a chronic, life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV interferes with your body’s ability to fight off viruses and bacteria that cause disease. If you have been infected with HIV/AIDS, we have the resources you need to live a productive and active life. Our skilled team - the majority of whom have more than a decade of experience in the field - offers you consultation and/or primary care if you are living with HIV or AIDS.
Conditions We Treat in Central Massachusetts
Services available to you, either directly or through referral from your physician, include:
- Care and treatment for HIV/hepatitis C co-infection
- Medication adherence
- Mental health
- Oral health
- Perinatal HIV care
- Primary care
- Substance abuse counseling
- Women's services
Our case management staff can assist you with health insurance eligibility and enrollment, as well as make referrals to other supportive services such as AIDS service organizations, housing programs and immigration assistance.
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for HIV Available
PrEP is a powerful prevention tool that can help to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV infection. When medication is taken daily, and in conjunction with safer sexual practices, PrEP has been shown to reduce the possibility of acquiring HIV infection by more than 90% in people who are at high risk. People who take PrEP medication must commit to taking it every day and must see their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months for HIV testing.
Although this medication can be provided by primary care physicians, some patients prefer to see an HIV/ID specialist. Our providers at the Memorial Campus are trained to educate patients about PrEP and, if indicated, prescribe the medication and provide essential follow-up. To learn more about this service or to book an appointment, please call our dedicated line at 508-713-2632.
Expertise for Pregnant Women with HIV
Care for pregnant women with HIV is also available at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Because early detection and treatment of HIV can dramatically reduce the chance of an infant born infected with HIV, UMass Memorial recommends that all pregnant women be tested for the HIV as a routine part of prenatal care.