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Living Well with HIV Outpatient practice provides HIV prevention and treatment to the West Baltimore community I n today's world of healthcare, patients living with HIV/AIDS can now enjoy full, happy lives without the worry of an uncertain future thanks to early intervention, groundbreaking techniques, and physicians who are passionate about clinical research and care. Practices like the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus have made living with HIV/AIDS manageable, just as with other chronic conditions. In an effort to reduce the number of area residents affected, the Institute provides free, confidential, rapid HIV testing to the West Baltimore community. Results are available in 20 minutes, and you do not need an appointment. For those who do test positive, the Institute is able to provide patients with immediate access to primary and specialty care. "The Institute's goal is to help area residents reach long-term success through their treatments and day-to-day wellness management," says Bruce L. Gilliam, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and medical director of the IHV practice at UMMC Midtown Campus. IHV is staffed by faculty physicians from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, home to some of the world's leading human virology experts. The Institute specializes in treatment for women living with HIV/AIDS, and also provides care to those with hepatitis B and C. Additionally, it provides substance abuse services, social work services, nutrition services, mental health services, transportation and support groups. The practice accepts most insurance plans and treats uninsured, HIV-infected patients for free. Mariam Khambaty, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and co-director of the Institute of Human Virology at UMMC Midtown Campus, examines a patient. and under the "Medical Services" menu, select "Primary Care." Or call 410-225-8400. NEW EXPANDED SERVICES The Division of Infectious Disease at UMMC recently relocated its services to UMMC Midtown Campus. The practice provides care for those suffering from severe hospital-acquired infections, meningitis, endocarditis, abdominal and brain abscesses, osteomyelitis and more. The JACQUES Initiative has also relocated to UMMC Midtown Campus. JACQUES provides care to those living with HIV/AIDS through its "Journey to Wellness" holistic care model, based on five principles: ■ Engage clients, families and communities in care through free HIV testing, outreach and education, counseling, and medical and case management services. ■ Prepare clients and support systems for a lifetime of wellness through HIV education workshops, wellness evaluations and training for civic, faith, academic, arts and entertainment leaders to propel a message of hope and prevention. ■ Treat with a focus on individual health, community wellness and integrated care through a multidisciplinary approach, including primary medical care, nursing, case management, substance abuse services and clinical research. ■ Support patients through peer advocacy, an integrated pharmacy with daily or weekly medication dosage, field trips and a food pantry supported by community volunteers and support groups. ■ Develop client volunteerism, links to job training and placement, and personal independence. FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, RAPID HIV TESTING Testing for adults, Monday through Friday at IHV, 300 Armory Place, Baltimore. For more information, call 410-225-8387 or 410-225-8369. | Spring 2014 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maryland's Health Matters - Midtown - Spring 2014

Maryland's Health Matters - Midtown - Spring 2014
In This Issue
A Healthy Start
Living Well with HIV
It's a Team Effort
At A Glance
Serious Care For Kids

Maryland's Health Matters - Midtown - Spring 2014