Finding a health care team that is knowledgeable about HIV care is an important step in managing your care and treatment. NovusACS specializes in HIV treatment & care as well as preventative care for partners such as PrEP: HIV Prevention. If you are able to choose your provider, you should look for someone who has a great deal of experience treating HIV. This matters because the more HIV experience your provider has, the more familiar he or she will be with the full range of treatment options that exist today, as well as the unique issues that can come up in HIV care over time.
After you’re diagnosed with HIV, it’s important to see a HIV provider who can help you start HIV medication (called antiretroviral therapy or ART) as soon as possible. The most important thing you can do now for your health is to meet with an Novus HIV provider who can order your first lab tests and start HIV treatment as soon as possible.
ART is recommended for all people with HIV, regardless of how long they’ve had the virus or how healthy you are. ART can’t cure HIV, but it can control the virus. If taken every day, exactly as prescribed, ART can reduce the amount of HIV in your body (also called the viral load) to a very low level. This is called viral suppression. Viral suppression helps to keep you healthy and prevents illness.
If your viral load is so low that it doesn’t show up in a standard lab test, this is called having an undetectable viral load. There are important health benefits to having a suppressed or undetectable viral load. People living with HIV who know their status, take HIV medication daily as prescribed, and get and keep an undetectable viral load can live long and healthy lives.
There is also a major prevention benefit. People living with HIV who take HIV medication daily as prescribed and get and keep an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative sexual partners. This is often called treatment as prevention.
Our medical practices are staffed with qualified and highly experienced medical specialists who are dedicated in identifying the best available treatment options and outcomes for our patients. NovusACS is committed to providing the highest quality care in an atmosphere of dignity and compassion for everyone regardless of gender, sexual identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.
We accept most major insurances, we also have a reduced cost care program for those who are under or uninsured. Our management staff will help you determine whether you qualify for our patient assistance program.