HIV is an infectious disease that seriously compromises the immune system of affected individuals, causing Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). In the past, undetected and untreated HIV often led to death due to the body’s inability to combat and recover from infections.
Today, however, there are highly effective medications that prevent or slow the development of HIV disease. The medications may allow affected individuals to live healthy, happy, and productive lives free of illness. Early detection is essential to avoid progression from HIV infection to AIDS.
NYC Health + Hospitals are nationally and internationally recognized HIV/AIDS health care centers. We provide testing, treatment plans, and compassionate, specialized care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay or immigration status.
NYC Health + Hospitals’ professional, discreet staff offers comprehensive HIV/AIDS care for all New Yorkers, including confidential, convenient HIV testing and personalized treatment and counseling.
We offer HIV testing with results in 30 minutes, at little or no cost and, if needed, immediately link those who test positive to continuous, coordinated, and compassionate quality care. We also offer self-management health education to help those who are HIV positive stay healthy and to help them prevent HIV transmission.
The first step is getting tested. Getting tested is about taking control of your health and your future. When you know your HIV status, you can take steps to protect your health and the health of your partners. NYC Health + Hospitals’ state-designated AIDS Centers have expert HIV teams who get you the care you need, including:
Our pediatric and obstetrical departments also deliver specialized HIV care to infants and children.
MetroPlus, NYC Health + Hospitals’ health plan, has the state’s largest HIV Special Needs Plan with comprehensive and targeted medical and support services for HIV-positive people. While NYC Health + Hospitals provides high quality health care to all New Yorkers, regardless of their ability to pay, we’ll also help you find health insurance if you need it. Click here to learn more about MetroPlus.
NYC Health + Hospitals provides caring, comprehensive HIV/AIDS care at our hospitals and neighborhood health centers. We have full wellness teams in every borough with extended hours that fit your busy schedule, dedicated to serving you and your family from the very first visit. Learn more about our extended hours.