Beth Israsel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth

          

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HIV/AIDS Testing & Support

HIV/AIDS Care and Support

Contact information:
Ruth Cooper, RN: 508-732-8981
Kerry Haskell: 508-732-8982
Marcia Richards: 508-732-8983
Counseling and Testing: 508-317-3389

The AIDS Comprehensive Care, Education & Support Services Program (the ACCESS program) was established to provide medical care, education and support to people with HIV and their families living in the Plymouth area.

Prior to the establishment of this program, patients traveled as far as Boston for quality care. Close to 12,000 people in Massachusetts are living with HIV and as many as 30 percent are not aware of their status. While there is no cure, with early detection and expert medical management, people with HIV can live long, productive lives.

Funded by the federal Ryan White Care Act, the ACCESS program serves a vital role in our community. A dedicated physician - an infectious disease specialist - provides the most up-to-date HIV medical care for patients. The physician works closely with a certified registered nurse and program director to establish an individualized treatment plan for the patient. A health educator works to ensure that the patient fully understands his/her condition and treatment options. The educator also provides case management, addressing such issues as social and legal matters, finances and housing concerns.

In addition to patient care, the program offers HIV education to the community. Health education and risk reduction information is provided to groups considered to be at risk for HIV infection and to the general public.

Free and anonymous HIV testing is available. For clinic hours or to schedule an appointment call 508-317-3389.

To learn more about the ACCESS program, call 508-732-8982. Staff is available to participate in educational and community outreach programs, or to respond to questions or concerns.

*Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome, more commonly known as HIV, if left untreated, will slowly damage the body’s immune system. Without a strong, healthy immune system, the body becomes susceptible to many infections and illnesses. If a person living with HIV becomes sick with one of the more serious types of these infections, they are said to have Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

10 Cordage Park Circle
Suite 201
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 732-8981

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