Getting HIV didn’t cross my mind at all. I really didn’t know what it meant.
I kind of hid away from my diagnosis. It wasn’t until I actually started to get symptoms and feel really, really sick that’s when I started the actual process of getting linked into medical care.
I didn’t have insurance. I didn’t know how I was going pay for the doctor’s visits, the medication, any of it.
They put me on this program called ADAP. ADAP stands for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
Basically they help you get your medication and you don’t have to pay for anything.
Being able to have that access and that support, it helped me to get through that beginning process of being HIV positive.
Let’s Talk About HIV Treatment!
Antiretrovirals, the medications used to treat HIV, keep you healthy and prevent the spread of HIV to others.
Even if you do not have insurance, or are underinsured, there are options to get the care and medications you need to stay healthy.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Care Program offers support services for people with HIV, including mental health care, housing assistance, and more.
The AIDS Drug Assistance Program to help individuals with financial need get their HIV medications.