A program of Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Community Health, Positive Link is the preeminent provider of comprehensive prevention and holistic social services for those impacted by HIV in south central Indiana.
We provide a continuum of services, at no cost, to the community to address the health and well-being of those living with or at risk for HIV.
Our service region encompasses 23 counties throughout south-central Indiana. While not all programming is available in all counties, we are able to link community members with additional providers as needed and appropriate in your geographic area.
Mondays, 2 - 6 pm (walk-in)
333 E. Miller Dr.
Mondays, 1 - 4 pm (walk-in)
Booker T. Washington Center, 1101 S. 13th St. (closed on holidays)
Call 812.353.3169 to schedule appointments outside of walk-in hours, and visit our Facebook page to get our most up-to-date hours and any schedule changes.
Positive Link’s continuum of services includes both HIV prevention and direct services for those living with HIV. These two teams seek to reduce the occurrence of new HIV infections, improve the overall health and wellbeing of individuals living with HIV and of those at risk of contracting HIV.
Our Prevention Services team offers a wide variety of programs designed to reach individuals at risk for contracting HIV throughout our region. Early intervention can make a drastic difference in the health outcomes for the individual living with HIV. By promoting education and testing in at-risk populations, Positive Link assists individuals in determining their HIV status and educating the community on ways in which risk for contracting HIV can be reduced.
Positive Link offers outreach education, counseling, testing (blood draw tests and OraQuick Rapid Tests) and referrals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults be tested once in their lifetime and more frequently for those with risk factors. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, the CDC recommends that you obtain an HIV test:
Positive Link provides most testing at sites in our community. Limited walk-in hours and appointments are available at our office. For more information on testing hours and locations, please call 812.353.9150 or 812.353.3169 or visit our Facebook pages for Positive Link and Community Health.
A standard guideline to follow is that antibodies will not typically be present in the blood for up to 28 days. Antibodies will appear sometime between one and three months. In rare cases, antibodies may not be detectable for six months.
The earliest an antibody test will detect infection is three weeks. Most (approximately 97 percent), but not all, people will develop detectable antibodies within three to 12 weeks of infection. In addition to testing for HIV, Positive Link offers testing for Hepatitis C and Syphilis for persons with risk factors for infection.
CRCS is a Center for Disease Control program providing short-term, risk reduction case management to decrease the spread of HIV. Case managers can work with either individuals who are currently HIV negative but are engaging in behaviors that increase their risk for HIV or individuals who are currently HIV positive and are engaging in behaviors that can transmit HIV.
SPSP is a program to provide early disease intervention for those in our community using drugs and alcohol with a focus on people who inject drugs. This program is active in two regions: both Bloomington and surrounding areas as well as Terre Haute and the surrounding areas. In addition, Supportive Care counseling is available for people living with HIV who struggle with substance use or abuse.
The Positive Link Client Services Team offers support and care services to those in the community infected with HIV. All services are provided without cost to the client, and is available to any HIV+ individual. While HIV infection is a life-changing diagnosis, for many individuals it is one of many issues they face. Using a comprehensive and client-centered approach, Positive Link provides a continuum of services to assist in increasing quality of life for those infected.
HIV Care Coordination is a model of medical case management that functions to holistically address the wellness of those infected with HIV. At its core, care coordination provides assistance with managing HIV disease and its co-occurring disorders; while also recognizing that for some their HIV status is one of many critical issues that need addressed.
Care coordinators offer assistance with understanding the impact of HIV, facilitates linkage to physicians, assists in accessing insurance and/or primary care, and provides social support for HIV+ individuals and their families.
In addition to the medical component of care, we provide additional support services. From facilitating support groups to linking clients to peer support, offering employment assistance to applying for disability, Positive Link seeks to reduce barriers to health care from each person’s individual angle.
For many of our clients, the importance of addressing HIV infection is secondary to securing and maintaining basic life necessities. Because the most basic of needs is to sustain a stable housing environment, we work closely with Community Health’s Housing Services Program to provide ongoing stability.
For others, ongoing financial support is not required but an opportunistic infection or unexpected life situation can make maintaining health and stability incredibly difficult. In those times, clients can access emergency financial assistance to pay for medication copays, medical costs, transportation assistance, utility or rental assistance and other items as needed by the individual clients. Clients of Positive Link can contact their care coordinator to access the system.
Maintaining a healthy diet can impact overall wellness in any individual, including those infected with HIV. However, some of the healthiest foods can be prohibitively expensive to those with minimal and fixed incomes.
To increase the preventive care a healthful diet offers, we provide series of nutritional assistance programs. For most clients, we are able to provide, in partnership with the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, access to shelf-stable groceries.
In addition, in partnership with the Community Kitchen, we offer daily prepared meal delivery for clients who benefit more from prepared meals. Meals are prepared by Community Kitchen and delivered to clients residing in the Bloomington area. For more information on Nutrition Links, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIV Clinic offers a unique partnership between Premier Healthcare and Positive Link. Premier Healthcare provides space at the office of Tom Hrismalos, MD, an infectious disease physician on the IU Health Bloomington Hospital medical staff, twice a month so that clients infected with HIV are able schedule their medical appointment and also see a care coordinator at the same time.
Clients who participate in HIV Clinic are provided with reminder phone calls both for their medical appointment, but also to discuss any medical concerns they want to discuss with their physician prior to the appointment. For more information on HIV Clinic, please contact email@example.com.
Supportive Care exists in order to delay the progression of HIV disease among HIV positive individuals with substance use concerns by reducing the incidence of substance use. Clients with a history or existence of substance use concerns are encouraged to access Supportive Care.
The program works with individuals to identify readiness to change patterns use, develop support and skills in order to decrease or eliminate use, and offer referrals for formalized substance abuse treatment.