Our mission is to increase access to services for individuals at-risk for, or infected with, HIV disease and to provide culturally sensitive, quality, comprehensive HIV-related primary care, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
HIV positive – what now?
We know that this may be a scary and confusing time. By choosing treatment for your infection, you have made the best possible choice for your health and your loved ones. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the best possible health care. With treatment, our patients live longer, healthier lives. We want to make sure that you understand your treatment choices and the personal commitment your treatment will require.
The CAMC Ryan White Program's treatment of HIV disease includes the following medical services, regardless of a patient's ability to pay:
Viral load monitoring and resistance testing
PrEP HIV prevention medication (link to The Facts about PrEP on left nav)
Care for HIV-related complications
Routine medical care at our Medicine Clinic (including immunizations, gynecological exams, referrals for colonoscopy and/or mammogram, etc.)
Pregnancy/pediatric care: A pregnant, HIV-positive woman can drastically reduce the risk of passing the HIV virus on to her newborn with the right prenatal care and the help of new medications. If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, or if you think you might be pregnant now, call the care coordinator for more information. Our program provides specialized HIV care for infants and children at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, also located in Charleston.
Hepatitis C testing and treatment: Our nurse practitioners diagnose and treat patients with hepatitis C by coordinating care between the patient and a team of professionals.
Free, at-home HIV testing
We provide free, confidential HIV oral rapid test kits, which provides results in 20 minutes. Patients can pick up tests at the Outpatient Care Clinic, located on the CAMC Memorial Hospital campus on the 4th floor of the Heart & Vascular Center.
We will determine if you are eligible for Medicaid, Medicare and/or the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). You may also qualify to receive short-term supplies of some medications.
HIV care can be very complex. We have assembled an experienced "care team" of professionals to help with the health-related, social, psychological and economic concerns of our clients.
Two nurse practitioners to provide both primary medical, gynecological care, and Hepatitis C testing and treatment.
A clinical psychologist and psychiatrist to help you with stress management, substance abuse, family and relationship problems.
A pharmacist, specializing in infectious diseases and credentialed in HIV medicine, to provide education about your medications.
Medical social workers to assist you and your family with any health concerns and help you find community services to make your life easier.
Our care coordinator to enroll you and answer any questions. She will help you apply for pharmacy-assistance programs if you need help paying for medications.
Federal funding also allows us to provide the following services:
Tobacco cessation counseling
Substance abuse counseling
Referral and counseling services
Mental health services
Referrals for specialty medical care, including pain management, dermatology, and ophthalmology
To enroll in the program, you must complete an application and submit a statement of income. The nurse care coordinator is available to assist you in completing the forms and answer any questions you may have about the program. Call the program's care coordinator, Denise Heflin-Peyton, toll-free at 1-877-565-4423.