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Patient Check Up

You're not alone. It's one of the most important things to keep in mind as you adjust to the fact that you're living with HIV. And thanks to the Internet, it's more true today than it's ever been.

Nobody should face an HIV diagnosis all by themselves. So, whatever your reservations, make sure you connect with a community of HIV-positive people. It's a key step towards solving both the emotional and practical problems of living with HIV.

The Support System at the JACQUES Initiative

  • Support groups: in which you regularly meet and talk with other HIV+ individuals
  • Counseling: for mental health issues or substance abuse
  • Case managers: can help coordinate the mental and physical care you need, and get you connected with government assistance (such as Medicaid, disability insurance and help paying for medications)
  • Classes or workshops: on topics such as learning more about HIV, taking your HIV meds properly, nutrition, fitness and other important issues
  • HIV prevention counseling: includes free condoms and discussions about how to protect yourself from other sexually transmitted diseases while also ensuring you don't pass HIV to others
  • Retreats: connecting with other HIV-positive people, can be a challenge, especially if you live in remote areas or work full time. One little-known option is to go on an HIV retreat. Some are even free or low cost, others have scholarships. They range from carefree holidays to educational weekends.
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Support Groups

The JACQUES Initiative program provides multiple support groups for the infected and affected HIV community here at 725 West Lombard Street.

  • Support: Clients and the support systems gather to share, support and receive education about living well with HIV.
  • Substance Abuse and HIV: Support specifically targeting clients who are living with HIV and recovering from substance abuse.
  • Just Between Us: Support group specifically targeting clients of the gay, lesbian and transgender population
  • More than Me: Four-week educational intervention for HIV+ individuals and an identified support partner that focuses on improving adherence to HIV medical care medications.  (Fill Out Referral Form)

Wednesday’s 10:30-11:30: Living Well with HIV  

Each Wednesday clients and the support systems gather to share, support and receive education about living well with HIV.

For more information call 410.706.4323.

Thursday’s 2pm-3pm: Substance Abuse and HIV.  

Support specifically targeting clients who are living with HIV and recovering from substance abuse.

For more information call 410.706.4323.

Friday’s 10:00-11:00 am “Just Between US” 

Support group specifically targeting clients of the gay, lesbian, transgender population.

For more information call 410.706.4323.