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Hundreds of people in Indiana are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) each year, and many are unaware they have been infected. Knowing your HIV status, especially if you are at risk of infection, is necessary to help you make informed decisions about your health.
At Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, we offer comprehensive medical and support services for people with HIV in one convenient location through our LifeCare Program. While no one can take all the hassles out of living with HIV, LifeCare has been providing leading edge, evidence-based care from multidisciplinary health professionals since 1992.
LifeCare is currently the largest HIV medical care provider in the state of Indiana. We give you access to the latest HIV treatments (including research trials), rapid HIV testing, social work assistance and medicine adherence counseling.
LifeCare does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, HIV status, sexual orientation or financial or employment status in providing needed services and/or referrals to appropriate resources. All services are strictly confidential.
LifeCare patients receive advanced medical care for HIV from an expert team of nurse practitioners, infectious disease physicians, medical social workers and pharmacists. Through this multidisciplinary team, you have a variety of diagnosis and treatment-related resources available, including confidential HIV testing; health assessments and exams; individualized treatment plans; access to lab work, immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screenings; and access to appropriate specialty and community referrals.
Since living with HIV demands more than medical care, we employ specially trained social workers to assist you with emotional needs, finances, legal issues and more. We work cooperatively with a broad group of community agencies to provide services for nearly every aspect of living with HIV. Our expert social workers help you navigate through benefit and entitlement programs, insurance plans and community-level or hospital-based services.
Additionally, LifeCare staff teaches you how to take medicines, stay healthy and cope with symptoms and medicine side effects. Our HIV pharmacy specialist is also available to help select your initial antiretroviral medicine plan, detect and manage your side effects, explain the costs of medicines and coordinate your care transitions.
We believe in care for the mind as well as the body. Often, people living with HIV feel psychological counseling is a major benefit to them. At LifeCare, you can receive professional, confidential and affordable mental health counseling.
In an effort to increase desirable patient outcomes, we play an active role in the search for new HIV treatments and new methods of improving treatment adherence. If you are interested, you may be eligible to participate in a research study.
Preventing HIV transmission is a multi-faceted concept that goes beyond traditional resources. Safe sex practices such as discussing HIV status with all sex partners and using condoms at every sexual encounter remain the standard for preventing HIV infection.
LifeCare offers treatment-based HIV prevention called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that can protect you from getting HIV when you use it in combination with safe sex practices. Prophylaxis means the prevention of a disease. If you are HIV negative, but are at risk of HIV exposure, PrEP reduces your risk of becoming infected. During PrEP, you take medicines that are used to treat HIV. These medicines can help prevent you from becoming infected.
At LifeCare, we offer comprehensive HIV education to all patients and community members, including educational resources about sexual health, living with HIV, your rights and responsibilities and accessing your health records. LifeCare also provides rapid HIV testing to the public. Appointments are not necessary.
The following websites provide education and resources to help you prevent, treat and manage HIV.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC website hosts a wide range of information on HIV, from the basics about what the disease is to treatment information.
Indiana State Department of Health
The state government provides many resources about HIV, including financial assistance.
Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center
This website for health professionals includes online training and resources for HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) care programs.
National Institutes of Health
This government website offers education materials, information about medicine and a way to search for clinical trials.
Ryan White HIV Services Program
The Ryan White HIV Services Program offers many services in Indianapolis, no matter your financial status.