Linkage to care and resources
Receiving an HIV diagnosis is a life changing event. Although we know that advances in medication and treatment have dramatically improved health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS, receiving this news can be a frightening, confusing and emotional experience. We understand this, and we know that getting a newly diagnosed person connected to medical care as early as possible is the best way to ensure their long-term health and well-being.
Mazzoni's Linkage to Care program is designed to support clients through every step of this process, to ensure they understand the implications of an HIV diagnosis, and can access the many resources and supports that are available to them.
When a person tests positive for HIV at our Washington West Project, or through any of our outreach programs, our Linkage to Care Coordinator follows up and schedules a conversation. Their role is to learn more about the person -- what their circumstances are, what kind of support system they have in place, how they are feeling -- and to share with them any appropriate resources and recommendations, based on everything they’ve discussed.
Regardless of your income or insurance status, we can help connect you to the care and resources that are most relevant and helpful for you. Many clients receive care at our medical practice at 809 Locust street, or take advantage of counseling and support groups offered by Mazzoni Center. Others are referred to outside providers and resources. Some clients are matched with a medical case manager at Mazzoni Center or another agency, so they can receive ongoing support with care and insurance, prescription drug access, or other issues.
Even if you did not get tested at Mazzoni Center/Washington West, but would like to speak with us about your needs and options for HIV care and support, we are happy to speak with you. If you’ve fallen out of medical care and would like to get reconnected, our staff will work with you and help get you back into care.