Mission: To empower the community with the means to stop the spread of hiv through prevention, education, treatment and support.
Programs: Provided 2,077 outpatients ambulatory hiv specialty medical care visits, standard lab work, phlebotomy/laboratory services; treatment adherence, smoking cessation, diabetes, obesity, cholesterol and hypertension counseling; medications for 420 hiv+ patients, 53% of whom had no medical insurance, public or private, and no other means to pay for that care. This resulted in an average of 3 visits per patient per year. Of those seen in medical care, 86. 7% had undetectable viral loads, a 7% increase from 2012. Undetectable viral load (the measurement of hiv found in one's blood) reduces the chance to transmitting hiv to another person to 3%, even without the use of condoms.
provided medical case management services including, medical referral and follow-up for other special medical care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, oral health care and psychosocial assessments, treatment adherence counseling for 520 hiv+ individuals. Supportive services in number of unduplicated clients served included: 136-medical transportation; 40 received oral healthcare visits (exams, x-rays, extractions, and dentures); 26 mental health and substance abuse services, 257 psychosocial support, 57 emergency financial assistance,5 linguistic services.
provided financial and supportive assistance with rent, utilties and mortgage for 227 hiv+ individuals including case management assistance in locating other housing programs for people who did not qualify for the hopwa program.
provided hiv prevention education and counseling to 678 individuals at risk for hiv infection, with a zero-positivity rate of 2. 6%. Careteam provides behavior based intervention for individuals who have difficulty connecting to medical services, those who are non-adherent to medical care and treatment and those who have been lost to care.
Our area is so fortunate to have Careteam to meet the needs of people who are HIV positive and have related needs. In our society, too often, AIDS is seen as a single population problem brought on by the actions of the afflicted persons. This is simply not true. Careteam provides HIV speciality medical care, medical labs required for care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, oral health care, case management, transportation to medical appointments, emergency assistance with housing, support groups for clients, families, and friends and free and confidential counseling and testing. These services are provided to persons needing such services regardless of their ability to pay. The staff is outstanding and caring. They respect the needs and privacy of their clients and families.