Symptoms and
Treatment for HIV

What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus — it kills or damages the body’s immune system cells. Most often, HIV transmission occurs through unprotected sex with an infected person. However, HIV is also spread by sharing needles or other drug preparation equipment, or through contact with the blood of an infected person. HIV-positive women can also infect their babies with the virus during pregnancy or childbirth. Without proper treatment, HIV can reach the most advanced stage of the infection, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Over 25 years of delivering excellence in healthcare for patients living with HIV

What are the signs or symptoms of HIV?

Most people with HIV may not even know they have it — main symptoms of HIV can take months to present themselves. Within a month or two after being infected, signs such as swollen glands or flu-like symptoms may come and go. Years later, major HIV symptoms may develop.

How does ID Care diagnose HIV?

Our experts effectively identify HIV through blood tests with the ability to detect the virus as soon as 20 days earlier than standard screening tests. You can also call the national referral hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) in English, and at 1-888-232-6348 in Spanish, for additional support.

How does ID Care treat HIV?

For over 25 years, our team of board-certified physicians, HIV trained nurses, and social workers have delivered excellence in healthcare for patients living with HIV — producing success rates higher than most in the country. In fact, after receiving treatment for HIV with our team, our patients have 95% undetectable rates on average. And while there is no cure for HIV, there are a variety of ways we effectively treat both the HIV infection and the infections or cancers that can result from it. Whether you’re newly infected or in a later stage of the HIV disease, we’ll work with you to ensure you understand your illness and receive the very best treatment options available today. Our comprehensive testing, treatment, research, and emotional support includes:

  • Convenient access to some of the country’s leading HIV clinicians
  • Expert medical management of laboratory findings, new treatment approaches, and medications ensuring you’re always up to date
  • Clinical trials, investigational pharmaceutical programs, and low- and no-cost pharmaceutical programs
  • Continuity of care through inpatient hospital visits ensuring the use of hospital services remains limited, so you can receive the treatment you need in one state-of-the-art location
  • Referrals to appropriate medical community-based care
  • Referrals to behavioral health professionals for assessment and referrals for additional treatments based on your needs
  • Dedicated social services with community resources close to home
  • Spanish/English interpreters on-staff, ensuring you’re always able to communicate
  • At-home nurse services for your comfort and convenience
  • Complete confidentiality to every patient

Are there other HIV resources?

At the end of 2016, there were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS — 2.1 million being children under the age of 15 (Source: UNAIDS). You are not alone in your diagnosis, and we’re here to support you in every way we can. In addition to treating you at our own offices, we also oversee care at a variety of other locations and support additional programs including:

  • The Open Arms Foundation (OAF): Program is driven by highly experienced HIV Case Managers, and provides support and networking opportunities for individuals living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C
  • Zufall Clinic: As a fully licensed Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), this medical and dental treatment facility provides high-quality, affordable medical and dental care for underserved residents of Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties.