Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system. If it is not treated, it can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
There is currently no effective cure. After people get HIV, they have it for life. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. People with HIV who get effective HIV treatment can live long, healthy lives and protect their partners.
Some examples of HIV prevention interventions currently being deployed include:
- HIV counseling, testing and referral (clinical and community settings)
- HIV partner services/field investigations
- Condom distribution
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
PrEP is a medication available to HIV negative individuals that, when taken daily, helps reduce the risk of HIV infection. PrEP does not protect against other STD’s and therefore routine screening remains an important element of sexual health.
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP): Medication taken after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected. PEP must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV, but the sooner you start PEP, the better.
HIV Care / Ryan White Programs
The Idaho Ryan White Part B Program (RWPB) provides medical case management (MCM) and medication assistance through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). Clients must meet all requirements in order to qualify for services. Clients are provided with a medical case manager who can provide assistance with accessing needed medical services. All clients are screened for state, federal, and private/commercial insurance benefits including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, State health insurance exchange and/or employer provided insurance.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
Idaho’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) helps people living with HIV or AIDS pay for prescriptions. Idaho’s ADAP formulary is updated as new medications are added.
More Information about the Ryan White Program
The eligibility requirements for the Ryan White Part B Medical Case Management, ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program), and HIV Monitoring Lab Service Requirements include the following:
- HIV positive
- Idaho Resident
- Federal Poverty Level up to 500 percent
- Not insured or underinsured for coverage of medications and HIV monitoring labs
- Not an inmate of the State, or Federal Corrections system
Services vary but can include:
- Medical Case Management
- HIV diagnostic and monitoring labs
- Emergency financial assistance for essential services including utilities, housing, food
- Medical transportation
- Dental care services
- Behavioral health support services
- Linguistic services and referral for other health care services
The Idaho Ryan White Part B Program is committed to assuring that no infringement of a client’s rights occurs at an agency funded by the program, and that there is an established procedure for addressing problems or complaints that clients may have. Clients participating in HIV medical case management and ADAP have the opportunity to voice their concerns or receive additional assistance if needed.