Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the immune system and leaves the body unable to fight off a variety of dangerous illnesses. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the final and most serious stage of HIV. To date, AIDS has no cure.
Never Share Needles or Syringes
Injecting drugs or other substances can be unsafe and put you at risk for overdose, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other serious infections. If you do inject, you can reduce your risk of infection by using new syringes and needles. Never share needles or syringes with others.
The Expanded Syringe Access Demonstration Program (ESAP) is a legal needle and syringe exchange program for persons 18 years or older in New York State. To find ESAP and needle disposal sites, syringe exchange programs, HIV testing sites, and services near you, call the New York State Department of Health HIV/AIDS hotline:
English: 1-800-541-AIDS; Spanish: 1-800-233-SIDA.
Counseling and Testing
HIV Testing Sites
Find a needle exchange program in your area
National Prevention and Information Network (CDC)
How Fidelis Care Can Help
Fidelis Care offers case management services by phone to qualifying members living with HIV/AIDS. Our case managers can provide support and encouragement to help improve your health. In addition to HIV/AIDS, we offer programs staffed by registered nurses and other trained professionals for the following conditions:
- Heart Disease
- Prenatal (Maternal Health)
Fidelis Care also offers Complex Case Management, for members living with more than one of these conditions.
To receive more information, please call Fidelis Care Clinical Services at 1-800-247-1441.
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