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Positive Link HIV Services

A program of Indiana University Health Community Health, Positive Link is the preeminent provider of comprehensive prevention and holistic social services for those impacted by HIV in Indiana.

We provide a continuum of services to the community to address the health and well-being of those living with or at risk for HIV. 

Our service region encompasses 49 counties throughout 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.

Locations

  • 333 East Miller Drive, Bloomington, IN (812.353.9150 or 800.313.4645)
  • 3900 McCarty Lane, Lafayette, IN
  • 6000 W Kilgore Ave., Muncie, IN
  • 642 W Hospital Rd., Paoli, IN
  • 100 S. 7th St., Terre Haute, IN

Testing Hours and Information
Bloomington

Mondays, 2 - 6 pm (walk-in)
333 E. Miller Dr., Bloomington

Terre Haute

Mondays, 1 - 4 pm (walk-in)
Booker T. Washington Center, 1101 S. 13th St., Terre Haute (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.

Services Offered

Positive Link’s continuum of services includes both HIV prevention and direct services for those living with HIV. Our team seeks 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.

Positive Link Health Clinic

Positive Link operates a primary care and PrEP clinic weekly at their Bloomington location. Services include primary medical care for HIV+ individuals as well as PrEP services for those at risk of HIV infection. To schedule an appointment for PrEP, please contact our PrEP Navigator at 812.353.3150 or jelkins2@iuhealth.org. To schedule an appointment for HIV primary care, please contact our HIV Services Team at 812.353.3241 or tbaynes@iuhealth.org.

Prevention

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 Rapid Tests) and referrals.

Should I be Tested for HIV?

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:

  • Are you a man who has had sex with another man?
  • Have you had sex—anal or vaginal—with an HIV-positive partner?
  • Have you had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test?
  • Have you injected drugs and shared needles or works (for example, water or cotton) with others?
  • Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or sought treatment for another sexually transmitted disease?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis (TB)?
  • Have you had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or someone whose sexual history you don’t know?

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.

When Should I Get Tested?

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.

Client Services

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.

Care Coordination

HIV Care Coordination is a model of medical and non-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. We facilitate support groups, offer employment assistance to applying for disability, provide assistance accessing mental health, substance use, nutrition and housing services. Positive Link seeks to reduce barriers to healthcare from each person’s individual angle.

For questions regarding client services or to schedule an intake to services, please contact our Client Services Coordinator at 812.353.3241 or tbaynes@iuhealth.org.

Housing Links and Emergency Assistance

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.

Review the Homeless Management Information System Notice of Privacy Practices.

Nutrition Assistance

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. We also work closely with registered dietitians in the IU Health Medical Nutrition Therapy Program to provide group and individual MNT sessions. For more information on Nutrition Links, please contact ahays1@iuhealth.org.

Supportive Care

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.

Contact

For more information on prevention services, contact our Prevention Coordinator Emily Brinegar at 812.353.3273 or ebrinegar@iuhealth.org.

For more information on client services, contact our Services Coordinator at 812.353.3241 or tbaynes@iuhealth.org.