Both the nature of HIV/AIDS and the potent treatments prescribed to manage the medical complications are complex. The pharmacists at Avita are uniquely trained to safely supervise the drug regimens developed to fight the disease while preventing harmful side effects and insuring proper administration. With more than twenty medications on the market today created to treat the HIV virus — and many more in various stages of research and development — your Avita pharmacy is an invaluable resource for your health care needs.
Avita pharmacists are specifically trained to:
Assess your health history and help prevent harmful drug interactions
Assist with dosing, compliance, and adherence of a specified regimen
Provide counseling to better manage physical side effects
Interpret directions for dispensing, storing, and refilling your prescriptions
Though not intended to replace medical advice from a qualified physician, the Resources links provide additional information and support on living with HIV/AIDS.
HIV: A Continuing Fight
In the 1980s, HIV terrified the nation. It was a new disease with unknown transmission methods. If a person contracted the virus, the diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence. But slowly, progress was made. Researchers learned that the disease was transmitted primarily through bodily fluids during sexual intercourse, blood transfusions with contaminated blood, or intravenous drug users sharing needles. New drugs were developed that allowed patients to live with HIV. But while the progress is encouraging, HIV/AIDS remains a very real problem.
Find HIV Testing Sites & Care Services
If you know the 5-digit ZIP code of the area where you are, you may get better results. If you don’t, you can just use the nearest city and state, like Baltimore, MD, or San Diego, CA.
You can click on the markers on the map to get more information about each location.
You can also expand the list on the right-hand side of the screen to see the names of all the locations. Clicking a name will also provide more information.
To get directions to a service provider’s location, you can enter the specific address for where you’d like to start from, and directions will be displayed.
AAHIVM HIV Specialist™
American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) and the development of the Academy’s HIV Specialist Credentialing Program establishes a standard by which all HIV care providers should deliver quality HIV care. The AAHIVM HIV Specialist™ credential remains the only one of its kind nationwide and has three objectives:
· To improve the quality of HIV care, · To broaden patient access to quality care, and · To expand the number of HIV-specialized medical care providers.
Being an Academy-credentialed HIV Specialist™ is a way to remain current, demonstrate frontline experience, and evolve with changes in HIV technology, with discoveries of new treatments and with shifts in the nation’s health care system. The AAHIVM HIV Specialist™ credential demonstrates to patients, colleagues, employers and third party payers a care provider’s commitment to maintaining continuing competency through ongoing learning, experience and self-assessment.
At Avita, we have experienced and specially trained pharmacy teams, dedicated to the holistic care to patients with chronic health conditions. More than half of our pharmacists are certified as an AAHIVM HIV Specialist™ so the treatment of HIV patients can be directed by an expert in HIV Care at Avita Pharmacy.
HIV is an acronym for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. Though there are 2 types of the HIV virus (HIV-1 and HIV-2), HIV in the US primarily refers to HIV-1. HIV works by destroying the body’s CD4+ T cells, a specific blood cell that is vital to helping the body fight off disease. HIV is only transferred through blood and body fluid of infected individuals, not through casual contact (like hugging). People who are infected with HIV may have flu-like symptoms in the first few weeks of infection, but others have no symptoms at all. Though people infected with HIV may appear healthy, they are still in danger from the unseen damage being done to their immune system by the virus. All patients should see a specialist and begin treatment with medications that limit or slow down the destruction of the immune system by the HIV virus. This treatment may also improve the health of HIV patients and may reduce their ability to transmit HIV to others. The treatment that is most effective for HIV is known as HAART, or highly-active anti-retroviral therapy. Because of HAART, patients can live many years before they develop AIDS. Once patients develop AIDS, their immune system is severely damaged. These patients develop infections more often and are at risk for certain types of cancer and other complications.
Some people are in groups that are at higher risk for contracting HIV due to lifestyles or behavior. Examples are:
Those who have unprotected sex (do not use condoms). Unprotected oral sex also poses a risk of HIV transmission, but the risk is lower than that for anal or vaginal sex.
Those who have multiple sexual partners.
Those who have other STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) when they have sex.
Those who are IV drug users/abusers, especially those who share needles or syringes, rinse water, or other drug paraphernalia with others.
Those who are born to mothers with HIV, since HIV can pass from mother to child during birth, pregnancy, or while breast-feeding.
Prevention and education are very important in reducing new cases of HIV transmission or in providing care for those affected with HIV.
Services provided by Avita Pharmacy are not intended to replace the services of a physician. This information is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult a physician in all matters relating to your health, and particularly in respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.