Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), HIV

Disability: AIDS/HIV
Disability/Illness Description:

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a very serious condition that affects the body’s ability to fight infection. A diagnosis of AIDS is often made when a person develops an illness not usually found in a person with a normal ability to fight infection. For instance, one of the diseases most often found in people with AIDS is a lung infection called Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. It is an unusual disease, not the AIDS infection itself, that can lead to death.

Associations/Groups:

AIDS Action Committee – Founded in 1983, AIDS Action is New England’s largest AIDS service organization.
75 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02119
Phone: 617-437-6200
TTY: 617-437-1394

  • Cambridge Office
    359 Green Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
    Phone: 617-437-6200
  • North Shore Office / Cornerstone Wellness Center
    156 Broad Street, Suite 205, Lynn, MA 01901
    Phone: 781-581-2393
  • Youth on Fire
    1 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Phone: 617-661-2508

AIDS Action Committee Peer Support – Peer support program provides individual and group support programs to reduce isolation and improve clients’ ability to manage their health
Phone: 617-437-6200Boston
617-661-3040  – Cambridge
781-581-2393 x202 – Lynn

Massachusetts AIDS Hotline:
Phone: 800 235-2331 (English, Spanish)
TTY: 617-437-1672
888-443-4372 (Hepatitis C Hotline)
Mon-Thurs 9AM-9PM, Fri 9AM – 7:30PM Translation services available.
Email: hotline@aac.org
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod – Direct services include extensive case management, transportation assistance, access to food and nutrition services and whole range of other services to help people with HIV/AIDS lead healthy lives.
508-487-9445 (Provincetown)
508-487-8311 (Provincetown) Prevention and Screening
508-778-1954 (Hyannis)

Boston Living Center – Offers a variety of services to those living with HIV/ AIDS – free hair cuts, access passes to Boston gyms, support systems, education workshops and nutritious meals. Call for new membership.  Services are free.
29 Stanhope Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-236-1012
TTY: 617-267-7059

BAMSI – The C.O.P.E. Center – Provides HIV outreach, education, counseling, and testing to individuals at highest risk for HIV and opiate overdose including injection drug users and their sexual and drug-using partners; sex industry workers; gay and bisexual men; and other populations disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.
10 Christy’s Drive
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508 580-0219

Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health HIV/ AIDS Bureau – Works with clinical and non-clinical community programs, people living with HIV/AIDS, and others to advance HIV prevention and care services.
250 Washington Street, 3rd FL
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617 983-6550

Multicultural AIDS Coalition – Works to ensure high quality, accessible prevention and treatment services for people living with HIV, at high risk for becoming infected, or closely affected by the disease.
31 Heath Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: 617 442-1622
Fax: 617 442-6622

AIDS Treatment Information Service – Monday -Friday 12:00 PM – 5 PM
Phone: 800 448-0440

National AIDS Hotline  800 CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

Other Information:

AIDSVu /National, State & Local Sites – The national, state and local map views on AIDSVu allow users to visually explore resources such as HIV testing center locations, HIV treatment center locations, and NIH-Funded HIV Prevention & Vaccine Trials Sites.

Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse – provides free health promotion materials for Massachusetts residents and health and social service providers on various health topics including HIV/AIDS
Phone: 800 952-6637 (Toll-Free tri-lingual phone line – accessible in English, Spanish or Portuguese)

HIV/AIDS Service & Resource Guide (pdf) – Developed by Dept of Public Health, Last updated June 2014

 

Fact Sheet last updated on: 9/25/2017