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HIV Support Services

Testing positive for HIV can be a scary, isolating experience, but you should never be expected to go it alone. Your HIV is manageable, and when you have a medical, emotional and systemic support system in place, you can look forward to a full, happy life for both yourself and any future partners you may have.

At Allies for Health + Wellbeing, we provide comprehensive resources for anyone who is living with HIV. If you are HIV-positive, you can access a range of services to help you with everything from understanding your diagnosis to making sure you get enough to eat. Your trust is extremely important to us, and your experience at Allies will always be compassionate, friendly, and judgment-free.

Allies services are usually free and always confidential. If you’re ready to get the support you need to start living the life you deserve, don’t wait. Schedule your first appointment with us today!

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Comprehensive HIV Support Services 

At Allies for Health + Wellbeing, we make getting started with our HIV support services as easy as possible. Once you schedule your first appointment with us, you’ll go through a simple intake process with our team. When that’s done you’ll be eligible for all of the following services:

  • Medical Case Management: A lot goes into effectively managing your HIV, but you don’t have to do it alone. Allies’ professional case managers are here to help you access the services, develop the tools and overcome the challenges you may face, so that you can maximize your health.
  • Support Groups: You can join informal meetings that offer support, hope and connection for those living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, support group meetings happen once a month in Beaver, Butler, and Washington counties. Allies also hosts a women’s support group at our office in East Liberty on the last Wednesday of every month. Call us at 412-345-7456 for more information.
  • Legal Services: You can get help with civil legal needs such as a disability claim or appeal, a landlord/tenant issue, or estate documents like wills and living wills. Our Pro Bono Legal Network Coordinator will be happy to help or connect you with an attorney who will provide services at no cost to you.
  • Pharmacy Services: Through our HIV PHARMACY Pittsburgh program, you can get your medications delivered directly to your home or another convenient location, or pick them up at our office. There is no copay for medication. Our pharmacy specialist can answer questions, address concerns, and help you stay adherent to your regimen.
  • Supportive Housing: If you are unhoused or imminently facing homelessness, Allies can help you in finding safe, affordable, housing. Allies provides permanent housing assistance for HIV patients, housing up to 40 HIV-positive individuals and their families.
  • Emergency Financial Assistance: If you are at risk of homelessness, or have received a utility shut off notice, Allies will work with you to resolve the problem, and may be able to provide one-time financial assistance for qualifying needs.
  • Transportation Assistance: Don’t let the cost of travel keep you from keeping your medical or mental health appointments. You can get bus tickets or mileage reimbursement froms Allies for qualifying appointments.
  • Food Pantry: Once a month, you can get groceries from Allies’ food pantry, which is stocked with fresh, frozen and canned/boxed items, including meats, dairy, vegetables, grains, personal care items and nutritional supplements. You can receive up to four grocery bags. The food pantry is now available for pickup or delivery only – pantry staff and case managers will pack your groceries for you. Please call your case manager to make arrangements.

Are You Eligible?

HIV Support in Pittsburgh, PA

Allies provides all of these HIV support services to those who are HIV-positive and who reside in the following Pennsylvania counties: 

  • Allegheny
  • Armstrong
  • Beaver
  • Butler
  • Cambria
  • Fayette
  • Greene
  • Indiana
  • Somerset
  • Washington
  • Westmoreland 

To verify your eligibility, just give us a call at (412) 345-7468 or our toll free number 1-888-204-8821 and ask to speak to the Intake Case Manager, who will help you determine if you qualify. You will need the following documentation to verify your eligibility:

  • HIV positive diagnosis
  • Verification of identity
  • Verification of residency
  • Verification of household income

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is HIV/AIDS?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is a virus that weakens the body’s defense (immune) system until it can no longer fight off illnesses, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, cancerous tumors and others. HIV attacks CD4 cells (T cells), which direct the body’s immune system to defend against infection. Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely, even with treatment.

While some report cold or flu-like symptoms, many people infected with HIV show no symptoms at all.  The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested. Knowing your status is important because it helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV. HIV affects everyone differently.

A person is considered to have AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) when HIV seriously damages the immune system. In the U.S., an HIV-infected person receives a diagnosis of AIDS when his or her CD4 count is less than 200 or if diagnosed with a specific illness. (An average CD4 cell count in a healthy person is 1,150.)

There is no cure for HIV or AIDS, but there are effective treatments for managing HIV. With proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Treatment for HIV is called antiretroviral therapy or ART. If taken the right way, every day, ART can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV, keep them healthy, and greatly lower their chance of infecting others. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS (the last stage of HIV infection) in a few years. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can live nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.

What’s the best way to protect myself from HIV?

It’s very important to remember that you cannot get HIV simply from making contact with an HIV+ person. You cannot get HIV from an HIV-infected person by working together, playing sports, shaking hands, hugging, closed-mouth kissing, sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils or towels, using the same wash water, drinking fountain or toilet, swimming in the same pool; or coming into contact with the person’s sneezes, coughs, tears, or sweat. You also don’t get HIV from bug bites or by donating blood.

The best way to actually stay protected against HIV is to go on a daily regimen of PrEP, a medication designed to block the spread of the virus should you come in contact with it during sexual intercourse. If you’re having sex that can put you at risk, go on PrEP today! Allies is happy to help you get started.

Do you provide financial assistance for HIV patients?

Yes! Most Allies services come at little to no cost. Additionally, we provide financial assistance in order to keep HIV-positive people housed, fed, and living with working utilities.