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Living with HIV

THE LIVING WITH HIV PROGRAM

is designed to assist in the care, coordination, and management of any patient living with HIV.

Crusader’s Living with HIV/AIDS program was established in 1991

with funding provided by the Ryan White Act to address the growing issue of HIV and AIDS in our community. The program provided primary health care and case management for anyone HIV positive or living with AIDS.

At the time, little was understood about HIV, and Crusader employees and patients have worked to help decrease the stigma surrounding this chronic condition.

RAPID HIV TESTING:

Rapid HIV testing is a quick, confidential way to find out if you have HIV antibodies. Antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to viruses like HIV. You can receive your results in just 15 minutes.

PROPER TREATMENT WITH AN EARLY DIAGNOSIS DRASTICALLY DECREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF AIDS DEVELOPMENT.

WHO SHOULD GET TESTED:

The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested at least once. HIV can affect any individual regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation.

The following groups are more likely to contract HIV, and testing is recommended every three to six months:

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, early detection and treatment reduces the likelihood of fetal transmission to one percent or less.