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Living with HIV

ribbonThanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer—and with a better quality of life—than ever before. If you are living with HIV, it is important to make choices that keep you healthy and protect others.

You should start medical care and begin HIV treatment as soon as you are diagnosed with HIV. Taking medicine to treat HIV (called antiretroviral therapy or ART) is recommended for all people with HIV.

Taking medicine to treat HIV slows the progression of HIV and helps protect your immune system. The medicine can keep you healthy for many years and greatly reduces your chance of transmitting HIV to others.

HIV is NOT a death sentence. Learn more about living with HIV.


HIV Services

AACO funds a variety of services that are free and confidential for persons living with HIV who qualify for assistance. From HIV medical care and case management to assistance with rent and utility bills, you can get the help you need.

A medical case manager can help you find the right doctor, health insurance and other services you may need. Along with your HIV doctor, a medical case manager can help you to take your HIV medications and make sure you keep your medical appointments.


HIV Medical Providers and Medical Case Management in Philadelphia

You can use the interactive map below to find HIV medical providers and medical case management agencies. Click on any marker to view location details.

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Red: City health centers
Green: Medical providers
Purple: Sites that are part of a hospital system

Stars indicate medical case management providers.


Additional Information

Antiretroviral Therapy
HIV is treated using a combination of medicines to fight HIV infection. This is called antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART isn’t a cure, but it can control the virus so that you can live a longer, healthier life and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. Learn more about antiretroviral therapy.

Viral Loads
A viral load is the amount of HIV in the blood of someone who is HIV positive. When your viral load is very low (called viral suppression), with less than 200 copies per milliliter of blood, your chance of transmitting HIV is greatly reduced. Viral suppression is a health goal for all people living with HIV. If you’re living with HIV, you can achieve viral suppression by taking HIV medication every day and exactly as prescribed. Being virally suppressed doesn’t mean that you are cured—HIV is still in your body. But it does mean that the virus is kept in check so that it’s unable to multiply and destroy your immune system. Learn more about achieving suppressed viral loads.

Newly Diagnosed
Being newly diagnosed can be scary, but it is important to find a good doctor right way. The doctor should have experience in treating HIV. You can use the interactive map on this page to find a doctor. If you are newly diagnosed, you can learn more about HIV by going here.

Health Information Hotline
If you need help finding HIV services, please call the Health Information Helpline at 215-985-2437. Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. They will explain what services you are eligible for and help you find the best program for you.

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