The Grants and Research department at MIHS is a nationally recognized center for state-of-the-art HIV care and has provided services for more than 20 years.
MIHS offers services focused on testing and counseling the parents and contacts of HIV/AIDS patients. This helps to promote early intervention and identification of individuals who could be infected with HIV.
The Community Strength Project (CSP) is a program of HIV care and engagement. Centered on HIV positive women, infants, children and youth, the CSP encompasses much more. There are many opportunities for you to:
- Get Informed – Ask the questions you have. Download an HIV related app. Make sure the information is reliable.
- Get Tested – Everybody has an HIV status. Do you know yours?
- Get Care – If you are HIV positive, health care is available to you. The Ryan White program can help.
- Get Involved – Join the Ryan White Planning Council or CAB or volunteer for MIHS or one of the AIDS Service Organizations.
The Community Strength Project is funded in whole or in part by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2011, the Maricopa County Department of Employee Benefits and Health, and the Maricopa Integrated Health System.
In 2011 Emergency Medicine expanded on these services by offering TESTAZ an HIV counseling, testing and referral services to ER patients. These services are specially focused on patients being treated for sexually transmitted infections and other high risk conditions. The initiative is built on four major concepts:
- Test – Screen ED patients for HIV unless the patient declines testing.
- Educate – Teach patients, staff, and the wider community about the benefits of routine HIV screening.
- Support – Assist newly diagnosed patients by providing compassionate and timely health care.
- Treat – Link newly diagnosed patients into HIV care and support them as they begin taking medications.
These four concepts provide the foundation for our HIV screening initiative. The earlier a patient is diagnosed, linked to care and begins taking anti-retroviral medications, the better his or her long-term health will be. An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence. With proper care and treatment, people with HIV can and do live long, healthy and productive lives.
The TESTAZ initiative is funded by the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, Office of HIV Prevention of the Arizona Department of Health Services through the HIV Prevention Program Cooperative Agreement. Funds are provided by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.