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.

Providing access to services for individuals at-risk for, or infected with, HIV disease and to provide quality, comprehensive HIV-related primary care. 

If You Have Symptoms of HIV 

Many people do not have any symptoms when they first become infected with HIV. 

Some people have a flu-like illness within a month or two after exposure to the virus. These early symptoms, which usually disappear within a week to a month, include: 

  • Fever 
  • Sore throat 
  • Rash 
  • Headache and other body aches 
  • Tiredness 
  • Enlarged lymph nodes 

Adults may be symptom-free for months after HIV first enters their body before more persistent or severe symptoms appear. In children born with HIV infection, these chronic symptoms are likely to appear within two years and include: 

  • Large lymph nodes or swollen glands 
  • Lack of energy 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Weight Loss 
  • Frequent fevers and sweats 
  • Persistent or frequent yeast infections (oral or vaginal) 
  • Persistent skin rashes or flaky skin 
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease in women that does not respond to treatment 
  • Short-term memory loss 
  • Children may grow slowly or be sick a lot 

If You Have HIV 

The CAMC Ryan White Program’s treatment of HIV disease includes the following medical services, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay: 

  • Antiretroviral therapy 
  • Viral load monitoring and resistance testing 
  • PrEP HIV prevention medication 
  • 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 
  • Hepatitis C testing and treatment 
  • Free, at-home HIV testing 

Watch our team talk about their compassion for caring for individuals in the CAMC Ryan White Program.

What Sets Us Apart

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The first Ryan White Part C grant recipient

Charleston Area Medical Center has been providing compassionate, quality care to individuals infected with HIV/AIDS since the late 1980s. In 2001, the CAMC Institute received the state’s first Ryan White Part C grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

CAMC’s grant is being used to implement a comprehensive system of outpatient care for individuals in 19 southern West Virginia counties, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured.