If you are HIV positive, the best way to stay healthy is to stay informed. Stay in treatment and use mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Practice good health: eat smart, move more, don't smoke, and monitor your cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight. In addition to keeping themselves healthy, people who take their HIV medications lower their risk of passing the virus to other people. Talk with your healthcare provider about how to keep your viral load as low as possible.
There are many services throughout the state available for people living with HIV/AIDS. These services include:
An HIV case manager can help you get the services that you need. HIV case management is available through the following agencies:
Funded by the Department of Health, the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) covers the costs of HIV drugs for low-income people who have limited or no coverage from private insurance or Medicaid.
To apply for the ADAP program, you must complete an application with a case manager at a one of the community-based organizations listed above and fax it to the Department of Health. The staff at Department of Health will determine your eligibility and contact your pharmacy to enroll you in the program. For most people, enrollment takes less than 48 hours. Please review the client agreement statement to understand the program's rules and guidelines.
In order for Rhode Island to continue to receive the federal money to support the ADAP program, everyone who receives ADAP drug assistance must re-apply (recertify) with ADAP every six months. To recertify, you must complete a recertification application with a case manager at one of the community-based organizations listed above and fax it to the Department of Health. If you do not have a case manager, you can call one of the agencies listed above and ask to become a case management client. If you do not recertify, your benefits may be terminated.