HIV/AIDS Resources for World Aids Day

Since the early 80s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been a controversial and hot-button health issue in the U.S. and in the world. In the last few decades, progress in science and medicine has extended the life expectancy and improved the standard of living for millions of those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. However, despite these advancements, HIV/AIDS still presents many challenges to the people and communities affected. If you or someone you love is impacted by this illness, you should be made aware of the many programs and services available to help.

For starters, if you are seeking general information about this disease for you or for others, AIDS.gov provides a wealth of information, including the history of the disease, news on treatment options, and information on how to get tested or how to deal with a diagnosis. It is also a one-stop-shop to learn about government resources available to help people living with HIV/AIDS.

If you have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and you meet certain income criteria, you might be eligible for housing assistance through a U.S. Housing and Urban Development program known as Housing Assistance for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Depending on your situation and your needs, HOPWA assistance can include chemical dependency treatment, mental health treatment, and nutritional services. In addition, you can also find job training and placement assistance, and assistance with daily living as well as a housing subsidy.

Community organizations seeking resources to help members of their community living with HIV/AIDS can find assistance through the Services for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program). The Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide health-related services to more than half a million people each year. The Program fills gaps in essential health services and provides financial assistance for people who lack resources. The majority of the Program funds support primary medical care and essential support services, but a smaller portion is available to fund technical assistance, clinical training, and research on innovative models of care.

To help with raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, including prevention and treatment efforts around the world, the World Health Organization established December 1 as World AIDS Day in 1988.  Mark this date on your calendars and follow the AIDS.gov blog for news about World AIDS Day. While this day marks incredible progress for the disease, there is much more work to do. Together, we can compassionately treat people living with HIV/AIDS, and work to stamp out this disease for future generations.

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