Living With HIV
Finding out you are HIV[+] can be overwhelming,
but it is not a death sentence!
HIV Isn't the End
Getting connected to HIV Treatment is the key to living with HIV. HIV Treatment has come a long way since the 1980s. With modern HIV Treatment, someone living with HIV can have a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Also, know that you are not alone! There is a whole team of people waiting to help you and walk this new journey with you: Peer Counselors who are also living with HIV, Linkage to Care Coordinators to help you with setting up medical and supportive care, Case Managers to help you with ongoing management of your health, Doctors who have years of experience in treating HIV, and many more who are there to cheer you on as you learn to live with HIV.
HIV Treatment Works
The sooner you start treatment, the better your health will be. KC CARE has been providing treatment for those living with HIV since the HIV epidemic began, and is the leading provider of HIV treatment and support services in the KC Metro.
HIV Treatment can also reduce the risk of passing HIV to others. HIV Treatment can help protect your sex partners, those you love, and your community from contracting HIV.\
Undetectable = Untransmittable
People who are living with HIV should take medicine to treat HIV as soon as possible. HIV medicine is called anti-retroviral therapy, or ART.
If taken as directed, HIV medicine reduces the amount of HIV (viral load) in the body to a very low level, which keeps the immune system working and prevents illness. This is called viral suppression (defined as having less than 200 copies of the HIV virus/ml of blood).
HIV medicine can even make the viral load so low that a test can’t detect it. This is called an undetectable viral load.
Getting and keeping an undetectable viral load is the best thing people living with HIV can do to stay healthy. Another benefit of reducing the amount of virus in the body is that it helps prevent transmission to others through sex or needle sharing, and from mother to child during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. This is sometimes referred to as treatment as prevention.
People living with HIV who take HIV medicine as directed and get and keep an undetectable viral load for at least 6 months have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative sexual partners.
In other words:
Undetectable = Untransmittable
Empowerment! Action! Results!
CLEAR is a multi-session 1-on-1 peer counseling program for men living with HIV.
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV for years, CLEAR can help you manage the stress of living with your HIV diagnosis and help you achieve your life goals by focusing on:
- Making Healthy Choices
- CLEAR Thinking
- Emotional Awareness
- Problem Solving
- Goal Setting
- Stress Managment
Optional additional sessions are available focusing on specific aspects of living with HIV/AIDS. Participants receive $150 total in Gift Cards or Transportation Assistance upon completion of the program.