HIV / AIDS

Services

The Ryan White Early Care Clinic provides a wide variety of HIV services. Fees are charged to clients based on their level of income. Click here to view the Ryan White Early Care Clinic fees.

HIV Testing

The DeKalb County Board of Health provides confidential HIV testing. Standard testing is available with results given in two weeks. A “rapid test” referral can be provided when needed.

Comprehensive Medical Care

Doctors, including staff from Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as staff nurses continually seek the latest advancements and treatments to provide clients high-quality medical care.

Dental

The clinic provides routine dental services at the Vinson Health Center.

Nutrition

A registered and licensed dietician is available to assess the nutritional status of each client. The dietician may help reverse or prevent many of the nutritional complications common to people living with HIV.

Social Work and Case Management Services

The clinic has on staff two AID Atlanta case managers to provide a variety of case management and social services. Both are licensed clinical social workers who can help with obtaining critical HIV medications, housing, financial assistance and food. They can also help individuals apply for assistance from a variety of programs, such as Social Security disability.

Rental and Utility Assistance (For Clients Only)

The clinic’s social workers are able to assess eligibility for and facilitate acquiring rental and utility assistance. The clients must be currently enrolled in case management services.

Mental Health Support Services

Trained counselors are available to help with adjustment and emotional issues and to offer ways to cope. Counseling can assist individuals in:

  • Expressing themselves in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment.
  • Identifying, sorting out and clarifying concerns.
  • Identifying non-helpful patterns.
  • Learning coping skills.
  • Identifying and achieving important goals.

Peer Counseling

Many people living with HIV feel better talking with others also living with HIV. The clinic’s peer counselors may share your concerns and are available to offer support.

Chemical Abuse and Dependency Counseling

The clinic has certified substance abuse counselors to assist HIV+ individuals through all phases of the recovery process.

Transportation Services

Transportation is available to bring patients to and from the clinic. To request a ride, call 404-294-3771. MARTA tokens are also available on a limited basis.

Community Outreach

Clinic staff visit college campuses, faith-based groups and other community organizations to provide HIV testing and education as well as information on clinic services.

Consumer Advisory Board (C.A.B.)

All clients are welcomed.

The consumer advisory board is made up of clinic patients. The BOARD isĀ  designed to increase the involvement of consumers in decision-making and to provide input into the quality improvement process for the DeKalb County Ryan White Clinic.

One of the goals of the Consumer Advisory Board is to increase patient involvement in personal HIV health care decision making and in advocating for themselves and others.