Living with HIV

Medicines to treat HIV are more effective than ever and have fewer side effects. Treatment is recommended for everyone living with HIV, even people who feel healthy. The sooner you begin antiretroviral treatment, the less HIV can damage your body and your immune system, and the less likely you are to pass HIV to someone else.

Care and treatment services are available to all New Yorkers living with HIV, even if you do not have health insurance.

HIV Care Resources in New York City

HIV CARE Texting Service

Text "CARE" to 877-877 to enroll in the following confidential services that can help you get and stay healthy:

  • Finding an experienced HIV care provider
  • Medication reminders
  • Appointment reminders
  • Refill reminders
  • Information on health education workshops
  • Information on free safer sex products

Positive Life Workshop

The Positive Life Workshop is a health education, self-management workshop for those newly diagnosed with HIV, those who are out of care or struggling with treatment adherence, and those who are interested in learning more about managing HIV. This peer-led workshop provides support and empowers people living with HIV to take medications and see their medical provider regularly. The workshop is also a great opportunity to learn more about HIV.

Workshops are held on a monthly basis at three community-based organizations in NYC. To register for the next workshop, please call:

  • Alliance for Positive Change: (212) 645-0875 ext. 306
  • The Family Center: (718) 230-1379 ext. 195
  • Latino Commission on AIDS: (212) 675-3288

Health Insurance Options

HIV Uninsured Care Programs: Provides financial assistance for health care services for people living with HIV. It includes the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), co-pay assistance, home care and health insurance premium assistance.

NYS Medicaid: Medicaid is a government insurance program for families and individuals with low income and resources. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen, or a legal resident who has lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years.

Medicare: Medicare is the federal health insurance program for seniors and working-age people with disabilities.

New York State of Health (NY Health Insurance Marketplace): This is the official website of the NY State of Health-The Official Health Plan Market Place. Due to insurance reforms, health plans cannot deny someone coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

Additional Resources Outside New York City

  • CDC National AIDS Hotline: (800) CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
  • AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service: (800) 874-2572
  • HIV Health InfoLine: (800) 822-7422
  • GMHC HIV/AIDS Hotline: (800) 243-7692
  • HIV Nightline: (800) 628-9240

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