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HIV Support Services

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The M. Peter Moser Community Initiatives HIV Support Services at Sinai Hospital provides support and advocacy for HIV-positive individuals and their families. Since 1989, this program has coordinated social support services with medical care at Sinai Hospital and Sinai Community Care.

Our goal is to help individuals adjust to an HIV diagnosis and to provide the support and resources necessary to improve and maintain their health and well-being.

Our HIV Support Services include

  • Crisis intervention
  • Ongoing support services focusing on identified needs
  • Referrals to community HIV services and other social support programs
  • Care coordination with medical providers
  • Ongoing supportive counseling to facilitate living with HIV infection
  • In-home outreach services
  • Assistance with transportation and emergencies, as available
  • A support group for HIV-positive women
  • Woman-to-woman educational events for those infected with and affected by HIV
  • Prenatal care education for HIV-positive women of child-bearing age

HIV care for the uninsured

Provision of Primary Medical Care and Medical and Non-Medical Case Management for uninsured or underinsured HIV-positive persons seen in IDAC. Medical care provided, in addition to primary care, includes: sub-specialty care and selected laboratory testing and imaging as determined by the clinician. Limited non-emergency funding also provided. Some non-emergency.

Did you know?

  • The CDC estimates that by the end of 2012 there were 1.2 million people living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States. Of those people, about one in eight did not know they were infected.
  • As of 2012, there were more than 31,000 people living with an HIV or AIDS diagnosis in Maryland. Experts estimate there are at least 4,000 additional cases of undiagnosed individuals.
  • The number one risk factor for transmitting HIV is sexual contact.
  • A mother can pass HIV to her infant during pregnancy.
  • Medications are available that can greatly reduce the risk of an HIV-positive mother infecting her infant.

Rapid HIV Testing in the ER

Rapid HIV Testing is offered in the Emergency Department to patients 14-64 years of age, regardless of reason for their visit to the ED. Test results are provided to the patient within 15 minutes. However, if there is a positive reaction on the test, further tests are completed to confirm the diagnosis of HIV. The patient is then given a one week followup appointment in the Infectious Disease Ambulatory Care Clinic at Sinai Hospital.