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The Medical Benefits Coordinator (MBC) met Aria at the Lake County Health Department. Aria is an individual diagnosed with HIV in the late 90’s and has been struggling to maintain consistency with taking care of her health due to substance use. Aria has a great responsibility in her hands –she has to take care of himself and her mother who is ill. She has been referred to Case Management in the past but has not followed through when Case Managers have attempted to provide services.

When the MBC first walked into the medical room, Aria was in a hunched position looking down. The MBC introduced herself to the client, and explained her role as a Medical Benefits Coordinator/Medical Case Management Liaison at Lake County Catholic Charities. She presented Aria with the services that Catholic Charities provides and offered her the opportunity to join as a client. When the MBC informed Aria about the transportation services and the opportunity to obtain food through the agency, her face lit up. The client had been paying to use a taxi service to get to her medical appointments. The MBC learned that Aria is currently suffering from many medical issues that cause her to attend medical services frequently. The MBC emphasized that Catholic Charities can assist our clients with transportation for their medical appointments because we know how significant it is for clients to attend to their health frequently. Aria loved the idea and asked the MBC to help her sign up with Case Management services at Catholic Charities. Aria also informed the MBC that she does feel lonely and would like to gain social support. The MBC provided him with a list of support groups that exist at Catholic Charities and she expressed interest in attending one in the future.

One of the Case Managers at Catholic Charities was assigned Aria’s case when she was referred by the AIDS Foundation, and she has become linked to Catholic Charities for services. Since she has been linked for services, she has utilized transportation for medical services and been referred to mental health services. It is exciting to see a client who previously did not engage in services feel that the time was right this time-it is also a testament to the compassionate services that the MBC and Case Managers provided that she linked to services and was comfortable enough to disclose the needs she has.

September National HIV/AIDS Ethnic Awareness Days

Did you know that an estimated 40,000 new HIV infections occur every year in the U.S.? It is estimated that 15 to 20% of persons living with the virus DO NOT KNOW that they are infected. If you do not know that you are infected with HIV, you could be spreading the virus to others. The only way to know if you are infected is to get tested.

September 18th marks National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. Although the number of deaths from AIDS is decreasing, the number of new infections and the number of persons living with AIDS are rising. Among the population groups increasingly at risk for HIV infection are those 50 years and older. As these numbers increase, persons living with AIDS will face the daily challenges of living with the disease as well as the daily challenges of aging. September 27th marks National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a sharp increase in the number of new infections among young (13-29) gay and bisexual men. Because of persistent and painful homophobia, stigma and discrimination people are afraid to be tested and seek treatment and health care.

Free and confidential or anonymous testing is available in a community near you.

This disease has NO CURE. There is NO Vaccine to prevent it, and it will NOT GO AWAY!!

Know your status; get tested for HIV and share the word with others to do the same! For more information call 312-948-6500 or go to www.hivaidsservicesministry.org

A SUGGESTED PETITION TO INCLUDE AT THE WEEKEND MASSES:
Compassionate God, bless the millions of children who have been orphaned because of HIV/AIDS---We pray.

February 7th, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Friday, February 15, 2019 by Communications
Did you know that there are over 1 ¼ million people in the USA living with HIV, the virus which causes AIDS? One fourth of them DO NOT KNOW that they are infected with the virus. If you do not know that you have the virus, you could be spreading it to others. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Stigma, discrimination and shame---these continue to prevent people from talking about HIV, getting tested or seeking treatment. The HIV /AIDS epidemic is a health care crisis for Blacks, especially African Americans. On February 7th and throughout the year, please pray for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. For information visit www.HIVAIDSServicesMinistry.org, or call (312) 948-6500.

El 7 de febrero es el Día Nacional de la Concientización del VIH/SIDA en la Comunidad Afroamericana ¿Sabía usted que hay más de 1.25 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos que padecen del VIH, el virus que causa el SIDA? Una cuarta parte de ellos NO SABEN que están infectados con el virus. Si usted no sabe si está infectado con el VIH, puede estar contagiando a otras personas. La única forma de saber si tiene el VIH es haciéndose una prueba. El estigma, la discriminación y la vergüenza, impiden que las personas hablen sobre el VIH, hacerse la prueba o buscar tratamiento. Le epidemia del VIH/SIDA es una crisis de salud, en especial para los afroamericanos. Este 7 de febrero, y durante todo el año, por favor pida por las personas infectadas y afectadas por el VIH/SIDA. Para más información visite www.HIVAIDSServicesMinistry.org o llame al (312) 948-6500.

P.S. Please ask your pastor and/or liturgy team to include a petition such as the following in the weekend masses of February 2nd and 3rd:

“God of Hope, make us one as we walk in solidarity with all who live with HIV/AIDS. Encourage our hearts and open our minds. We pray…”