HIV & AIDS Support Services
Unique in our rural area are our programs for local residents who are living with HIV/AIDS. Our case management team travels thousands of miles each year to visit our HIV clients and their families, bringing services to them wherever they live in Amador, Calaveras or Tuolumne Counties.
Our efforts are often measured in small steps. But what we find truly remarkable are the individual successes that occur over a period of time spent working with, supporting, and just sharing the journey with someone who is living with HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS Case Management
Debby, our nurse, monitors their health indicators and medical treatments. Sharon, our social worker, assesses their basic needs and access to care. They work together with the client to develop a care plan based on his/her specific needs, provide benefit counseling and advocacy, and coordinate with other care providers to assure quality and continuity of care.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
Enrollment in this state program provides needed medications for persons with HIV not covered by insurance. It can also reduce out of pocket expenses by helping with insurance co-pays for many of the medications used to fight HIV and related opportunistic infections. Our case managers are certified enrollment workers for the California State ADAP.
The State Office of AIDS Health Insurance Premium Payment program can help cover medical insurance premiums for people with HIV who don’t qualify for Medicare or Medi-Cal. These may include individual policies and those purchased through public exchanges like Covered California. If you are no longer working but have continued employer sponsored insurance through COBRA, OA-HIPP may be able to help.
Provided to clients for medical appointments by staff and volunteers or through use of transit tokens. Gas vouchers are available for clients that are able to transport themselves to medical appointments.
Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)
It can be difficult to focus on meeting your health care needs when you don’t know where you’re going to sleep tonight, or are worried about keeping a roof over your head. HOPWA provides short-term assistance for rent, mortgage or essential utilities intended to prevent or alleviate homelessness of people with HIV or AIDS. Sierra HOPE administers the HOPWA program in Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Alpine, Mono and Inyo Counties.
HIV Testing available by appointment. Rapid testing using an oral swab provides test results in 20 minutes.
Hepatitis C screening available by appointment
Requires a finger-stick to obtain a small blood sample. Results available in two weeks. The Home Access Hep C test kit that we offer is also available for purchase at local pharmacies. Our Hep C screening program is supported by private donations. We offer it free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help cover the cost of the test kits.
HIV and Hepatitis Education presentations may be customized to meet the needs of any audience