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For over 40 years people living with HIV and communities highly impacted have been stigmatized. People are discriminated against in employment, housing and healthcare. Even though a lot has changed over the years, stigma has persisted.
These days, medications keep the virus under control. People living with HIV usually reach an “undetectable” status. This means that the virus is suppressed to the point where it can’t be found in the blood. If you are undetectable, it also means you cannot transmit the virus - this is called “untransmittable”. There have been changes in prevention too. There are now drugs that protect you from getting infected. These drugs are called PrEP.  People who use this medication can have sex without the risk of getting HIV.
The HIV epidemic isn’t over, but we now have new ways to control it and prevent it. People living with HIV and people using PrEP to protect themselves are helping to end it. We appreciate these actions and celebrate the people who are taking them.
There’s no room for stigma, only gratitude.

FAQs
(FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

Why do we need to end HIV stigma?
When people with a health issue are stigmatized they feel they have to hide this information. Driving people “underground” makes life harder for them and makes it more difficult to control the epidemic. Stigma makes people less likely to get tested and treated for HIV.
Why do we need to end PrEP stigma?
People who use PrEP to protect themselves from HIV are sometimes called promiscuous or slutty. This discourages people from using the medication, but the more people use PrEP the faster we can end the epidemic.
What is U=U?
U=U means: Undetectable equals Untransmittable. If you’re a PLWH who takes HIV medication as recommended, you can get to an undetectable status, where the virus is so low that a blood test will not detect it. It is scientifically proven that with undetectable HIV, there is ZERO risk of transmitting the virus through sex.
What is PrEP?
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a pill that provides up to 99% protection from HIV. The drug names are Truvada or Descovy.

Resources
(FOR MORE INFO AND SERVICES)

Stigma

 

HIV Treatment

For more information on the services provided through the program, please visit www.ccbh.net/ryan-white

Ryan White Part A - Cleveland TGA Funded Providers (March 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021)

2829 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103
(216) 621-0766 ext. 2911
M-F 9:00 - 5:00

Services Provided

Outpatient Ambulatory Health

2829 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103
(216) 621-0766
M-F 9:00 - 5:00

Services Provided

Food Bank / Home Delivered Meals
Medical Transportation
Non-medical Case Management Services
Medical Case Management

12201 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-4010

Services Provided

Early Intervention Services (EIS)
Emergency Financial Assistance
Medical Case Management
Oral Health Care
Outpatient Ambulatory Health

Multiple East & West Side locations in Cleveland

Services Provided

PrEP Site

East:
J. Glen Smith Center
11100 St Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44108

West:
4242 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113
Cleveland, OH 44113

Services Provided

PrEP Site

West:
5550 Venture Dr. Parma, OH 44130

East:
CCBH at South Pointe Hospital
20050 Harvard Avenue Suite 102
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44122

Services Provided

PrEP Site

13815 Kinsman Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 420-6750

Services Provided

Home and Community-Based Health
Home Health Care

602 Leona St.
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 322-7526

Services Provided

Early Intervention Services (EIS)
Medical Transportation

29133 Health Campus Dr.
Westlake, OH 44145
(440) 835-6212

Services Provided

Mental Health Services

4115 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 631-5800

Services Provided

Medical Transportation
Mental Health Services

Wadsworth Medical Center
185 Wadsworth Rd, Suite C
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281

Services Provided

PrEP Site

221 W. 21st St., Suite 1
Lorain, OH 33052
(440) 233-0138

Services Provided

Medical Case Management
Medical Transportation
Outpatient Ambulatory Health Services
Psychosocial Support Services

MetroHealth Medical Center
Division of Infectious Disease

2500 Metrohealth Dr.
Oncology Pavilion, Room 106
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 778-5551

Services Provided

Early Intervention Services (EIS)
Emergency Financial Assistance
Medical Case Management
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Transportation
Mental Health Services
Oral Health Care
Outpatient Ambulatory Health Services
Psychosocial Support Services

4115 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 281-0872
Hours vary by location

Services Provided

Emergency Financial Assistance
Medical Case Management
Medical Transportation
Mental Health Services
Outpatient Ambulatory Health Services

Multiple locations on the East Side of Cleveland

Services Provided

PrEP Site

2226 West 89th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 651-8236
M-F 9:00 - 5:00

Services Provided

Food Bank / Home Delivered Meals
Medical Case Management
Medical Transportation
Non-medical Case Management Services
Other Professional Services

38882 Mentor Ave.
Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 853-1501

Services Provided

Early Intervention Services (EIS)
Emergency Financial Assistance
Medical Case Management
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Transportation
Mental Health Services
Outpatient Ambulatory Health Services
Psychosocial Support Services

University Hospitals of Cleveland
John T. Carey Special Immunology Unit Foley Building

2061 Cornell Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 844-7809

Services Provided

Early Intervention Services (EIS)
Emergency Financial Assistance
Medical Case Management
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Transportation
Mental Health Services
Oral Health Care
Outpatient Ambulatory Health Services
Psychosocial Support Services

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part A program works with providers to ensure HIV-related services are available for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease. Case Managers are also available to assist clients with medical and non-medical needs such as: Food, Housing, Mental Health, Medical Transportation, Oral Health, & Substance Abuse.

To learn more about the U=U movement around the world.

 

PrEP Info

Visit pop2block.org to connect with PrEP Navigators and local clinics (MetroHealth and University Hospitals) for help getting on PrEP.

There are many physicians across the MetroHealth System that are qualified and familiar with administering PrEP. In fact, they offer three PrEP-specific clinics:

Call their PrEP navigator to make an appointment today: 216-957-PrEP (7737).

PrEP can also be obtained through providers with Metro Health’s Pride Network. Call 216-957-4905 for a Pride appointment.

University Hospitals holds a PrEP clinic at the John T. Carey Special Immunology Unit. Other University Hospital physicians also offer PrEP within their practice.

 

For an appointment or more information call 216-286-7737 (PREP)

A listing of local PrEP providers
Visit The Cleveland AIDS Clinical Trials Unit for more information, a local directory of PrEP providers, and additional resources.
Are you outside of Cuyahoga County? Visit Ohio PrEP for a statewide directory of PrEP providers, more information, and other resources.
MetroHealth Offers Preventive Care Clinic for Patients at High-Risk for HIV.
University Hospitals Offers Preventive Care Clinic for Patients at High-Risk for HIV.
Sexual health website for teens (and others.) Includes a dictionary with slang terms, technical terms, all dealing with sex and sexuality.
Make an appointment (signaturehealthinc.org) with this local area PrEP provider.
Contact Dr. Georgina Aristotelous to access PrEP
602 Leona St.
Elyria, OH 44035
200 W 9th St.
Lorain, OH 44052
3700 Kolbe Rd.
Lorain, Ohio 44053
Created to help patients gain greater access to PrEP and accelerate the prevention of HIV, PrEP2Me is powered by Central Outreach Wellness Center and provides effective online strategies for treating and preventing HIV infections for clients.

 

Financial Assistance

Use the NASTAD tool to help you find the right insurance plan for you.
Don’t Have Insurance? Learn about the Prevention Assistance Program Interventions (PAPI) for Ohio residents.
Find a PrEP Navigator in your area.
Financial assistance through government
Financial assistance for those on Medicare

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