HIV/AIDS Care | Altamed
Providing care and services in the community for more than 20 years
No matter who you are or what your status is – if you’re negative and want to keep it that way or you’ve been diagnosed and you’re trying to manage treatment but still live a full life – you’re not alone. AltaMed works with the community, at every step of the way. Depend on us for everything from testing and education to PrEP and complete health and wellness services for those who’ve been diagnosed.
Our primary care clinics are staffed by teams of bilingual professionals who focus on the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS – ready to answer your questions confidentially and provide you with resources to assist with your diagnosis.
We believe in taking a whole-person approach by supporting not only your health and body, but your mind, your spirit, and your community. With AltaMed, we’re with you, how, where, and when it matters most.
For Current Patients
Good health matters, whether you’ve recently been diagnosed or you’re managing your condition. AltaMed is here to support you with medical, mental health, and pharmacy services. We can also help you understand your options so you can make the best decisions. Contact us to determine your program eligibility.
A Focus on Prevention
HIV prevention programs work, and we want to make prevention a part of your lifestyle. From condoms and safe-sex information to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), let us help you minimize your risk so you can continue to live the life you love and hold onto your healthy status. Learn more.
Eligible patients can receive free delivery and low-cost, prescription-by-mail services. You can also sign up for monthly reminders to help you stay on top of your meds.
Our personalized pharmacy services are an important part of our offerings for those who’ve been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, or higher-risk individuals who are using PrEP to stay negative. A pharmacist can consult with you to make sure you have the right medications, advise about potential side effects, or safeguard you from new medications potentially interacting with other prescriptions you’re taking.
Because medication compliance is so important to staying well or protecting your status, we also offer adherence treatment education and monthly reminder programs. No matter where you are on this journey, we’ve got your back!
Learn more about our HIV/AIDS pharmacy services by calling
View AltaMed Pharmacy Locations and Hours
We offer pharmacy services through licensed providers at pharmacies located on site at many of our Los Angeles and Orange County sites.
Knowledge is Power
This April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the goal of which is to create conversations and understanding about sexual violence, as well as to educate communities on how to prevent it.
This year’s theme, Embrace Your Voice, is especially focused on encouraging people to use their words to promote safety, respect and equality, and to stop sexual violence before it happens. Sexual violence is a broad term and can include rape, intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, human trafficking, sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, and more.
Our head-to-toe approach includes healthy teeth. Available dental services include preventive care, examinations, cleaning, X-rays, and emergency services.
Take care of those pearly whites! AltaMed encourages good hygiene and prevention, to increase the likelihood that you’ll have a mouthful of healthy teeth for your entire life. We offer deep checkups, cleanings, X-rays, and more.
If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, good oral health is important, because oral bacteria can spread to other areas of your body and cause an infection. Many AltaMed Health Centers include dental offices that are staffed by caring professionals who’ll be gentle with you.
For more information on our Dental Services, call
Find an AltaMed Dentist near you
We have locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, to help make finding the right dentist painless.
AltaMed Releases Season 3 of Sin Vergüenza in Honor of World AIDS Day
In honor of World AIDS Day, AltaMed has produced a third season of the award-winning telenovela, Sin Vergüenza! Season 3 is a dramatic four-episode bilingual series that takes viewers through the life of the Salazars, a fictional Mexican-American family, dealing with an HIV diagnosis.
This series was introduced in 2015 to reduce the stigma and shame of HIV while increasing awareness of the importance of HIV testing and treatment.
It’s easier to manage HIV when you’re confident and connected to support. We offer mental well-being services for patients, their significant others, their families or other members of their primary support system.
Our HIV/AIDS care takes a whole-person approach, supporting not only your physical health, lifestyle, and community, but your mental health, too. Having a serious condition like HIV can be major source of stress and even loneliness and depression. We have licensed professionals who’ll take the time to understand what you’re going through and help.
We have a variety of resources: for some people, our support groups may be enough to keep them feeling good, while others may need to talk to a professional on a one-on-one basis, or even take medication. We are dedicated to treating you with compassion and respect, and help is always confidential.
If you’re currently experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency, call
Book Your Testing Appointment Online
We have a variety of free options, including walk-in hours at several locations, an HIV Testing Mobile Unit, or you can make an appointment for 1-minute testing.
Fight Depression During the Holidays with Random Acts of Kindness
Holidays are typically a time of joy and celebration with family and friends, but for some it’s anything but the most wonderful time of year. Depression can occur at any time, but stress and anxiety during the holiday months may cause some people to experience a lack of fulfillment or a sense of loneliness from the loss of loved ones.
We coordinate services such as housing assistance and ADAP enrollment, help you find resources, and offer unconditional support.
If you receive a positive diagnosis, you may feel overwhelmed. Juggling the needs of your care with a medication regiment and everything else you have going on in your life…you may feel like you can’t do it alone. Your AltaMed team right will be right behind you to make sure you never miss a step.
Most AltaMed HIV patients have a single point of contact who is familiar with your unique needs and history. This person can help you coordinate any medical care you may need. They can also help you access other support services – anything from getting help paying for medications to help with housing assistance and transportation. Remember, we’re in this together.
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Get Educated for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
Created by the Latino Commission on AIDS, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on October 15 to increase HIV/AIDS awareness within the Latino population. With Latinos being three times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than non-Hispanic whites, AltaMed would like to help educate our communities and continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a combination of medicines that helps keep more members of the community healthy and free from HIV. When it’s taken correctly and consistently, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 92%.
At AltaMed, we’re doing everything we can to get this life-saving treatment into the hands of those who need it most. We’re educating community physicians so they can prescribe it more often, and it’s available in our AltaMed Health Center locations that offer HIV/AIDS services.
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Help Remove the Stigma of Mental Illness
Organizations around the country are using the first week of October to honor Mental Illness Awareness Week and raise awareness of mental health, which affects approximately a quarter of adults in the U.S.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood.
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to living a healthy life. We have resources that emphasize prevention and living healthfully even if you’re positive.
AltaMed’s educational resources focus on empowerment and independence. The more you know, the easier it is to make smart choices for your health. We also offer prevention and awareness education.
Some of our classes and workshops include:
- HIV/AIDS Prevention
- Treatment Adherence Education
Make an appointment by calling
Other Classes for Your Health
AltaMed offers classes on a variety of important topics – from General Health and Healthy Eating to Prenatal Health and Health for Seniors.
Take Control of Your Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the country’s leading diseases, affecting one in 10 people in the U.S. However, by following a healthy diet and lifestyle, and receiving regular care, you can control diabetes before it affects your daily living.
Don’t miss our award-winning online series about love, life and HIV in the Latino community.
Sin Vergüenza, the telenovela web series, is a thought-provoking, cutting-edge drama that uses storytelling to tackle the shame and stigma associated with HIV in the Latino Community. Currently on its third season, the series has attracted viewers of all ages.
It was designed as an educational tool to draw in audiences and provoke discussion on HIV prevention and treatment nationwide. Even though it’s a glossy, well-produced show, the stories are universal and the telenovela’s characters will probably remind you of you people you know.
Watch the series on our
Don’t Sweat the Prep of a Colorectal Exam
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to get screened. With only one in three adults ages 50 to 75 getting screened for colorectal cancer, we want you to stay on top of your health! Your colon and rectum are important parts of your digestive system, as they help absorb water and nutrients from the foods you put in your body. Early colorectal cancer may not show any initial symptoms but finding and removing precancerous cells can stop colorectal cancer in its tracks before it starts.
We know that sometimes, it takes a village to successfully managing a chronic condition. These additional programs address other aspects of your health, as well.
Additional Programs & Services
Think of AltaMed as an extension of your community – we’re here to support you and help you grow. We offer a variety of workshops, groups, programs, and opportunities. Most are available at no cost. Come for the education, stay for the new friends.
Take advantage of offerings like:
- Prevention with Positives Program
- Consultations with a registered dietician
- Living Independently, Feeling Empowered (L.I.F.E.) Program
- AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Enrollment
- Access to a clinical pharmacist
- Acupuncture services
- Wellness classes and support groups
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Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week This March
You are just as responsible for your well-being as your health care practitioners and providers. March 11-17 is Patient Safety Awareness Week and for 2018, the focus is on the creation of a safety-centric culture and patient engagement.
There are simple ways to be an active member of your personal care team, and while some of these tips may seem obvious, stop for a minute and think about whether you’re actually in the driver’s seat when it comes to your health.
The AltaMed mobile team is out in the community, bringing free rapid testing, condoms, and information to local bars and nightclubs. See where they’ll be next.
Catch Up with the Mobile HIV Van
AltaMed’s mobile HIV van is on the move, and our team is coming to a neighborhood bar or nightclub near. We’re spreading knowledge about prevention, PrEP, and health services. We also provide free rapid testing, STI screenings and condoms.
Bring your team and come meet our team.
Call to find out where the van will be next:
Find a testing site near you
Many AltaMed Health Centers offer HIV testing. You can even book your appointment online. Testing is free and your results are confidential.
The AIDS epidemic may no longer be in the news as much as it used to, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, with more than 35 million people living with HIV across the globe; 2 million dying each year, and 270,000 being children.
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