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Living Well with HIV: Raul

Living in a border town with Hispanic parents, I had not heard about HIV as much as I would have wanted to.

I was diagnosed very late, so I had already had some complications.

I actually ended up in the hospital and that’s the way that I found out my about my diagnosis of HIV.

The hospital linked me to a local clinic that treats clients with HIV.

I knew that there was some type of treatment, but I didn’t know how it worked.

I’m not cured. HIV is still in my body, but with medication taken daily I can reduce it to a very low amount.

Undetectable means that the virus is no longer harming my immune system. And it also means that I, I can’t transmit it to anyone else.

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.

Click here to find out more about the health and preventative benefits of HIV treatment.