Through the Home Health Solutions Group AIDS Home Care Program, home health caregivers visit HIV/AIDS patients in their homes bringing the necessary medical attention needed to maintain and manage their illness, including nursing and personal care, homemaker and companion services, intravenous therapy, mental health services, nutrition and medical day care.
Since the start of the AIDS epidemic, more than 78 million people have been infected with HIV and 39 million have died. Acquiring HIV no longer means certain death. A person on HIV treatment in a high-income setting now has nearly the same life expectancy as a person who does not have the virus. However, only two out of five people living with HIV have access to antiretroviral therapy. Among people who do have access, great inequities exist. People living with HIV are being left behind because they are not benefitting from health care, employment, education or social protection. This is often due to stigma, discrimination, prohibitive laws and policies or a lack of services.
AHF Healthcare Centers are part of your complete HIV medical care. We provide clients with access to the additional specialists, medications and services they need to be as healthy as possible. We are grateful that our clients give AHF Healthcare Centers such excellent reviews. In our latest client satisfaction survey, 96 percent of our clients said they would recommend AHF Healthcare Centers to a friend.
If you have just found out you are HIV-positive, you may feel overwhelmed, fearful, and alone. Know that you are far from alone. Countless people and resources are available to help you and the more than 1 million HIV-positive people living in the U.S. today. It may help to remember that being HIV-positive is not the virtual death sentence it once was. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). However, being HIV-positive does not necessarily mean that you already have AIDS. New treatment regimens have turned being HIV-positive into a chronic condition for many people. With a healthy lifestyle and the right medical care, many HIV-positive people are living long, productive lives. Still, learning that you are HIV-positive may leave you reeling. Where should you turn for help? Whom should you tell? What should you do first? Here are a few guideposts to help you through this difficult time.
After finding out you have HIV, fear about the future may make it hard for you to take action. However, once you know you are HIV-positive, see a doctor with experience in HIV and AIDS as soon as you can. Do not put it off. Your AIDS doctor will run tests to see how well your immune system is working, how fast the HIV is progressing, and how healthy your body is overall. With this and other information, your doctor can work with you to develop the best treatment plan, including when and how to begin treatment. HIV drugs can often slow or prevent the progression of HIV to AIDS. Left untreated, though, HIV can lead to serious illness and death. Home Health Solutions works with various programs in the State of Florida (Positive Healthcare, Ryan White Program and others.) helping children, young adults, elders, older adults and seniors living with AIDS.