What is HIV/AIDS?
Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a virus that can be transmitted person-to-person through sexual contact and blood via the sharing of injection materials and needles. When the disease is left untreated and progresses to a certain stage, a person is then considered to have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. The epidemic that started in the 1980s was detrimental to the LGBTQ+ community, but today, there are a number of medical innovations for treatment and prevention of HIV. It’s important to know your status and risk and to talk to your healthcare provider about prevention and treatment strategies.
Learn more about HIV and AIDS here.
Where to Go for Care
Whether it’s for HIV testing, prevention, or treatment, these public, local, and surrounding providers can help you meet your care goals and needs.
Montgomery County Resources
- Planned Parenthood (Philadelphia, Media, Pottstown, Upper Darby, Warminster)
Call 1-800-985-2437 to enroll.
Montgomery – Family Services of Montgomery County, Project Hope
Berks – Co-County Wellness Services
Chester – Family Services of Chester County, Project One (Ryan White Funded)
Delaware – AIDS Care Group (Ryan White Funded)
Philadelphia County – City of Philadelphia
It is important to know your status! Learn more about HIV testing here and make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about an HIV test at your next visit.
Did you know there is a pill for HIV prevention? Learn more about Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, for oral, once-daily HIV prevention below. In the case of an exposure to HIV, Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP, can prevent the transmission of the virus if started within 72 hours and continued for 28 days. PrEP and PEP are for everyone at-risk, regardless of gender, race, or sexuality.