What is HIV care?
At Health Services of North Texas (HSNT), we provide comprehensive care for patients with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). From virus testing to infectious disease management services, our HIV care is kept private and confidential. HSNT is here for you if you think you may have been exposed to HIV, are living with HIV, or have AIDS in Denton and Collin Counties, please reach out to us. You will find that we have a compassionate staff who will make sure you receive high-quality, confidential care. With HIV/AIDS, it is very important to start your medical treatment as soon as possible. HSNT also provides Ryan White Services for low income patients in the following counties: Denton, Collin, Dallas, Hunt and Kaufman.
There are many people living with HIV and do not know it. Getting tested is very important to stop the fatal progression of the virus into AIDS, which is why we offer our services for HIV for at a reduced cost to you (based on your income) or if covered by Ryan White Services, free of charge. HSNT accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurance plans, too. If you would like to become a patient at HSNT, please call the office nearest you and ask to speak with one of our friendly receptionists who will set you up with an appointment. It is our mission for our HIV patients to live long, healthy lives with hope.
Living with hiv
If you are at risk of contracting the HIV virus, it is important for you to get tested frequently. You may also qualify for pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP), which is a medication taken daily for patients who may not have HIV but do have a higher risk for exposure to the virus. HIV is contracted through shared needles and unprotected sexual intercourse. By taking a daily PrEP pill, you can decrease your chances of contracting HIV but only if you take the pill consistently. You also still need to practice safer sex and if you have to use a syringe, share with no one.
Living as an HIV+ person, you may have experienced symptoms of HIV that felt like having the flu at first. The initial symptoms can feel like the aches and pains of the common cold or swollen glands. It may progress into lingering stomachache, vomiting, or diarrhea. These are all signs of your body trying to fight off the virus you have contracted. Keep in mind, you can certainly be HIV+ with no symptoms at all.
HIV can be managed with medications called antiviral medication. HIV is a virus that destroys your immune system and can develop into AIDS if treatment is not successful. Our goal is to make sure that you have access to the medical treatment you need to live out your life. We can discuss treatment options with you in a private consultation.
Services We Offer Patients with HIV
In treating HIV, we offer several options, depending on the length of time you have had the virus or are actively doing your best to prevent infection. Our services can include:
- HIV/AIDS testing as needed
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP
- HIV/AIDS education
- Behavioral health services
- Individual counseling
- Management of HIV medications and other therapies
- Medical visits for routine, sick, or urgent care
- Case Management
- Prescription Assistance Program
- For our Ryan White eligible patients, HSNT is able to offer transportation services for medical visits, and housing and insurance assistance in addition to the services listed above.
We offer case management services to established patients and newly diagnosed patients at HSNT, such as medical appointments (routine/sick/urgent), medication management, testing for STI and STDs, behavioral health services, counseling, resource linking for housing, and prescription assistance.
For Compassionate HIV Care
You deserve comprehensive care. Our HIV and infectious disease management teams are compassionate medical professionals who want to see you receive the medical treatment you need to prevent HIV, have access to medicine, and ward off the development of AIDS in the future. Find out more about our HIV resources at any of our HSNT locations in Denton and Plano. We are here for you, request an appointment today.