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HIV/AIDS Health Services

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HIV/AIDS HEALTH

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AIDS Alabama offers health services by connecting clients with case managers who can provide them with a continuum of care which includes medical care, financial assistance, housing resources, nutrition support, individual and group counseling and transportation.

Ph: 205-324-9822

If you need help or have questions, please call and ask to speak with our Case Manager Supervisor.

Case Management

Case managers work with clients in strict confidence to facilitate links to medical and social service resources, to develop care plans, and to cultivate practical, social, and emotional support for people living with HIV and AIDS in our communities.

 

AIDS Alabama's professional case managers conduct a supportive process of assessment, advocacy, intervention, and monitoring to maintain a client’s maximum level of health, stability, and self-sufficiency. Case managers work with clients in strict confidence to facilitate links to medical and social service resources, to develop care plans, and to cultivate practical, social, and emotional support for people living with HIV and AIDS in our communities.

Case managers start with a non-judgmental assessment of “where clients are” with respect to medical, psycho-social, financial, and daily living issues. Care plans and referrals to outside services are developed according to the client’s needs, strengths, and challenges. Clients may also consult with their case managers about sexuality concerns, drug and alcohol use, and mental health issues to achieve the best possible quality of life.

Case Managers can help with:

Our case managers can help with:

  • Linkage to medical care & treatment

  • Housing assistance

  • Emergency financial assistance for utilities, medication and insurance co-pays 

  • Direct transportation services for medically necessary healthcare and dental appointments

  • Crisis assessment and intervention

  • Oral healthcare assistance

  • Mental health therapy

  • Nutritional food and education

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Guidance pertaining to advance directives

  • Support groups

  • Health education

Eligibility for AIDS Alabama's Case Management:

To qualify for free case management, clients must:

  • Show HIV verification

  • Be a resident or homeless in one of AIDS Alabama's service territories

  • Demonstrate a need for case management, as assessed by a case manager. To be assessed, call 205-324-9822

Client Support Groups

AIDS Alabama offers a wide range of educational and recreational activities for clients and their families.

 

I AM HE (Healthy and Empowered)

A peer-led support group for men living with HIV/AIDS. I Am HE meets monthly and focuses on the overall health and well-being of the participants. Activities include social outings like dinner and a movie, as well as group lead discussions and educational programs from community partners. For more information please call our main office at 205-324-9822 and ask to speak with our Director of Prevention and Community Partnerships, Tony Christon-Walker.

I AM SHE

A peer-led support group for women living with HIV/AIDS. I Am SHE meets bi-monthly and focuses on issues like self-empowerment, stigma, and other issues that are specifically related to women. I AM SHE is a group of women who support each other mentally and spiritually. For more information please call our main office at 205-324-9822 and ask to speak with our Director of Prevention and Community Partnerships, Tony Christon-Walker.

Somos Nosotros (We Are)

Somos Nosotros is our most unique support group. It brings together members of the Latinx population in Alabama, their partners and family members in a community-based, culturally supportive environment. For more information please contact our Latina Outreach Coordinator, Jean Hernandez, at 205-918-8190.

Mental Health

We offer individual, couples and group counseling to people living with HIV, helping them cope with the effects of being HIV positive and other life challenges.

 

AIDS Alabama's Telemedicine counseling services are offered through the Living Well Outpatient Center.

 

Telemedicine Counselors are experienced in helping individuals with many issues that include:

  1. Depression

  2. Anxiety/ Stress

  3. Relationship problems (Break-ups, Arguments)

  4. PTSD

  5. Problems relating to sexual orientation (LGBTQI Friendly)

  6. Substance abuse

  7. Negative self-image

  8. Difficulties in coping with daily living

  9. Difficulties coping with any type of health problem

  10. Communications Skills

 

 

We firmly believe that quality services play an important role in your healthcare, and we want to offer as many core services as possible.

Linkage to Care

The AIDS Alabama's Linkage to Care program assists people who have newly tested HIV positive with HIV medical care. 

 

AIDS Alabama's Linkage to Care program consists of up to 5 sessions, including:

 

– What is HIV/AIDS and Labs

– Stigma, Privacy/Confidentiality, and Support

– Medication, Side Effects, and Adherence

– Life Span and Life Styles

– Talking with Your Doctor and What to Expect

 

If one enrolls in the program, the Linkage Coordinator works with the newly tested participants in identifying locations and times that best suit their unique privacy and scheduling needs for each session.

 

If the participant decides to engage with HIV medical care the Linkage Coordinator is able to join participants in their first two medical appointments, if scheduling permits, to help in the transition to care. * 

Eligibility: Newly tested HIV+ and Enrolled as an AIDS Alabama client

Housing Assistance

AIDS Alabama provides a range of housing-related services. Eligible clients can receive financial assistance for rent, utilities, rental deposits, emergency, and short-term supportive housing.

 

AIDS Alabama provides a range of housing-related services to help people with HIV maintain adequate housing.   Through the years, the agency has adapted its housing program in order to meet the changing needs of our clients. If eligible, AIDS Alabama provides clients with financial assistance for rent, utilities and rental deposits.

Transportation Assistance

Since getting to appointments can be challenging for some of our clients, we transport eligible clients to health care and social services appointments through public (bus passes) and our own AIDS Alabama vans. 

 

AIDS Alabama provides a range of transportation services for our clients living with HIV.

For more info, please call your AIDS Alabama case manager.

Adherence Counseling

AIDS Alabama offers treatment adherence support for people living with HIV who have a barrier that prevents them from staying in medical care and on medication. 

 

For more information about this form of case management please contact our main office at 205-324-9822 and ask for Earlethea Coleman, Living Well Outpatient Center Administrative Coordinator.

Utility Assistance

AIDS Alabama offers emergency utility assistance to individuals and families with a qualifying HIV+ member living within 300% of the federal poverty level and has an open AIDS Alabama case file. This assistance includes paying past utility bills, but does not cover any disconnect fees or phone bills. Emergencies must be verified by documentation and meet the criterion of and unexpected or unusual expense that prevents a consumer from paying a utility bill.

 

If you are in need of emergency utility assistance, please contact your AIDS Alabama social worker or call our main office at 205-324-9822. If you are not a current consumer of AIDS Alabama’s services but wish to be assigned to a social worker or case manager, please call our main office at 205-324-9822 and ask to speak with our main office social worker, Felicia Owens.

Health Insurance Premium/Co-Pay Assistance

AIDS Alabama offers assistance in paying for medication and treatment copays as well as insurance premiums for individuals and families with a qualifying HIV positive member living within 300% of the federal poverty level and have an open AIDS Alabama case file.

 

If you are in need of health insurance premium or co-pay assistance, please contact your AIDS Alabama social worker or call our main office at 205-324-9822. If you are not a current consumer of AIDS Alabama’s services but wish to be assigned to a social worker or case manager, please call our main office at 205-324-9822 and ask to speak with our Clinical Director, Heather Pressley

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Locations

AIDS Alabama, Inc

3529 7th Ave South

Birmingham, AL 35222

 

Headquarters and Administrative Staff 

 

We focus on housing, policy and advocacy, supportive services, HIV/STI prevention and education, as well as free and confidential HIV/STI testing.

Hours & Times:

Monday - Thursday

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ph: 205-324-9822

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Administrative Office: AIDS Alabama, Inc.

Address: 3529 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (205) 324-9822

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