The Temple Health Comprehensive HIV Program is designed to meet all of the care and lifestyle needs of patients recently diagnosed with or undergoing treatment for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and associated conditions. Our program combines HIV testing, prevention with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), medication assessment, lifestyle education and primary care services to help ensure the overall health of patients who receive care at our center.
We provide a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to address many health conditions, including:
- HIV. HIV interferes with the immune system’s ability to protect the body. The illness weakens the immune system, making patients more susceptible to other illnesses. Our program offers HIV testing and linkage to care for anyone who is HIV positive, as well as preventive services for anyone who has a negative test.
- Women’s health conditions. Special considerations must be made for women diagnosed with HIV. These services focus on ensuring regular well-women care to prevent co-occurring health issues and perinatal management for pregnant women living with HIV.
- Hepatitis C and sexually transmitted diseases. HIV diagnoses may be accompanied by other medical conditions, notably Hepatitis C, a virus which can have a drastic effect on liver health.
The HIV Program is designed to incorporate all aspects of treatment, from diagnosis to medication management and lifestyle training. We help patients maintain overall health while undergoing HIV treatment.
Vast Range of Services
Part of the challenge of treating HIV is the overall impact it has on an individual’s health. The Temple Health Comprehensive HIV Program is designed with this in mind, offering patients access to the vast range of services necessary to ensure wellness and to make continued treatment possible. These additional services include:
- Lifestyle and nutrition counseling
- Medication assessment
- Women’s health services
- Case management services
- STD testing
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis and prevention services
Why Temple Health?
For decades, Temple Health has been a regional leader in HIV care. The Comprehensive HIV Program is designed to meet the individual and unique needs of all patients. The program also benefits from a long-running commitment to participate in clinical trials and research studies.
The research program started in 1990 with involvement in the National Institutes of Health perinatal studies to prevent HIV infection in pregnancy. While in 1994 the program began actively participating in Division of AIDS Clinical Trials Network as an INSIGHT (International Network for Strategic Initiatives in Global HIV Trials) facility. Working alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cerner, the program is also a member of the HIV Outpatient Study (HOPS), a database that tracks clinical trends and outcomes across the country.
Our program has been a grantee in the federally funded Ryan White program that provides HIV medical and case management-related services to anyone living with HIV, regardless of insurance status.
Working alongside patients as a care team, our caregivers and physicians take a collaborative approach to HIV treatment. The HIV Program represents a cross-disciplinary team that operates as one unit to cover all aspects of a patient’s care. These services are grounded in a commitment to improve the continuum of care from diagnosis to engagement in care and successful control of HIV infection. All patients of the HIV Program have access to these leading-edge services and the positive impact they may make on overall health and wellness.