For most people, the hardest part of adjusting to life with HIV isn't the physical issues -- it's the emotional ones. In parts of the world where effective HIV treatment is readily available, HIV is now considered a chronic disease, much like diabetes. But unlike diabetes, much social stigma is attached to being HIV positive. Even though having HIV doesn't make you a bad person, unfortunately there are many people -most of them ignorant of the facts about HIV -- that still discriminate against HIV simply because of their status.
We here at the JACQUES Initiative invite you to hope, thrive, and engage with others. We provide a wide range of services to the community, including testing, primary care, treatment support and case management.
Our invitation to hope is essential to everything we do and everything we are. We know that despair, anger, confusion, frustration, isolation, depression, and fear of the unknown represent only the beginning of the feelings patients describe when they share the impact of their diagnosis on their outlook on life.
Whatever your age, race, gender, nationality, you name it, there are other people out there who have gone through what you're going through. Take strength in those numbers, and add their courage to your own. (See Patient Testimonials)
One of the most important things you can do for yourself is connect with others and seek out the support you need.
If you have a mental health emergency contact Baltimore Crisis Response at 410-433-5175.
Life and wellness beyond diagnosis is possible. Our vision at the JACQUES Initiative involves changed lives and living well with HIV. This does not happen overnight, but over time with small steps. We invite your trust as you begin your Journey to Wellness.