Care for Patients with HIV/AIDS
We offer coordinated, comprehensive care for patients with HIV/AIDS.
Over the years, with the development of new antiretroviral treatments, HIV/AIDS has shifted from a terminal to chronic illness. If you or someone you love is living with HIV/AIDS, we’re here to help.
At Chapters Health System, we recognize the unique needs of patients with HIV/AIDS and help them navigate the complexities of today’s evolving healthcare landscape. Our services can help in the following ways:
- Under Open Access, we can continue hospice patients on HIV medications and some preventative medications in order to assure that symptoms remain optimally managed.
- Overall management of a patient’s disease
- Assistance with complex medical decision making
- Guidance in transitioning between levels of care
- Pain and symptom management and/or reduction
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Secure monitoring via telehealth options
For more information on how we can help you or a loved one manage HIV/AIDS, please call 1-866-204-8611 or Contact Us.
What Does an HIV Diagnosis Mean?
Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely, even with treatment. So once you have HIV, you have it for life.
It is important that you start medical care and take medicine to treat HIV as soon as possible after diagnosis. Taking HIV medicine as prescribed can make your viral load very low. This is called viral suppression—usually defined as having less than 200 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood.
HIV medicine can make your viral load so low that a test can’t detect it. This is called an undetectable viral load. Getting and keeping an undetectable viral load is the best thing you can do to stay healthy.
A cure for HIV does not yet exist, but taking HIV medicine as prescribed can keep people with HIV healthy for many years and helps reduce their risk of transmitting HIV to others.