Aunt Rita’s Foundation provides support for various organizations that serve people with HIV/AIDS. Many volunteer opportunities are available to assist with a wide range of fund raising activities. For more information, visit www.auntritas.org
Life goes on after being diagnosed with HIV and maintaining your medical care will promote a better quality of life. HIV attacks the immune system which can contribute to the development of other diseases. It is important to have regular checkups with your physician not only to monitor your HIV, but also to maintain your general health. For example, it's important to have regular pap smears and tests for tuberculosis. For more information see below:
Managing Your HIV: There are tools for that!
Making the decision with your medical provider to begin treatment for HIV/AIDS can be daunting. You might not know what to expect when starting or switching treatment. Will you remember to take your medications? Will they have any side effects? What if you don't understand medical terminology? How will you keep track of your health information? Taking advantage of new technologies, like mobile and web apps, can help you better manage your health care. Here are some tools to get started.
AIDSinfo Drug Database mobile app:
The Drug Database app has detailed and up to date information in both English and Spanish, on HIV/AIDS-specific and related drugs. This smartphone app makes searching for your meds easy. It allows you to search by drug name, class, approval status, and A-Z index, and even shows pictures of most drugs. Not only is it a database, but it also has options for you to list the meds you take, add any personal notes about your meds (for example: note any potential side effects), and set pill alarms to keep you on track. It is free for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.
AIDSinfo HIV Glossary mobile app:
The HIV Glossary app has detailed and up-tp-date information, in both English and Spanish, on 700+ HIV/AIDS-specific related medical terms (for example: CD4 cell, viral suppression, meningitis, ADAPs, among many other terms). This smartphone app makes searching easy, as you can search by term or by A-Z index. The definitions are both written and audio recorded, so you can choose to read or listen on the app to learn more. It is free for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.
MyChart web and mobile apps:
The MyChart online patient portal and smartphone app give you secure access to your electronic medical records at the McDowell Healthcare Center. MyChart allows you to see certain health information that your medical provider enters into your chart, such as your immunizations, allergies, lab results, and medical and appointment history. You can access this information quickly, and can even save it as a pdf for your records. If you have a non-urgent question for your provider (for example: you aren't sure what a lab result means), you can message them through MyChart at your convenience. If you are a patient at the McDowell Healthcare Center and want to start using MyChart, talk to your provider about turning on your access. MyChart is available via the web, or is free for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.
Newly Diagnosed - Linkage To Care
If you've been diagnosed with HIV, you probably have a lot of questions. You might be wondering, "What do I do now? What's the next step?"
Getting into HIV care is an important first step. Finding a provider that specializes in HIV can help you stay healthy. Your provider will work with you to monitor your health, and set up a treatment plan that works best for you.
"But, where can I find services I need?"
You might be referred to HIV care from your primary care provider, or from your HIV testing facility. But if not, there are other ways to search for what you need. Visit www.hivaz.org/search/services for information about HIV services like:
Mental health care
And much more
You don't have to navigate the system alone! Linking into HIV care can keep you on the right path to health.