Chapter 8-A: AIDS / HIV
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Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The virus is transmitted by blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. If you suspect exposure, it is important that you be tested promptly.
Baltimore County Department of Health - HIV / AIDS Services
410-887-AIDS (2437) or 410-887-2737; TTY through Maryland Relay
E-mail: email@example.com (opens in new window)
Offers counseling, referrals, and case management services through social worker or nurse linking clients with medically appropriate levels of health care and support services. Persons who think they need case management can start the intake process by calling 410-887-2437. A brief phone interview is held. Proof of being HIV positive, proof of income and residency are required.
Free, confidential HIV testing locations and schedule are offered in several Baltimore County Health Centers around the county. Testing hours are different at each site. To make an appointment, call 410-887-AIDS (410-887-2437)
Baltimore Highlands-Lansdowne Health Center
3902 Annapolis Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21227
Dundalk Health Center
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
Eastern Family Resource Center
9100 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21237
Essex Health Center
201 Back River Neck Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21221
Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21133
Towson Health Center
1046 Taylor Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21286
Woodlawn Health Center
1811 Woodlawn Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21207
AIDS Action Baltimore, Inc. (AAB)
10 East Eager Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410 837-2437 (AIDS)
Provides peer counseling, educational and emotional support and offers referral assistance to people at all stages of HIV infection on virtually any HIV-related problem or concern. This assistance is particularly useful for people who have recently tested positive for HIV or are newly diagnosed with AIDS and who need basic information on available services and direction on how to navigate the available government entitlement programs. They maintain an HIV financial assistance program that provides emergency financial assistance for housing, utilities and medical bills.
AAB also administers two HIV prevention programs: RISE, (Rewriting Inner Scripts), a quarterly retreat for men who have sex with men and Project TEA Time, an HIV prevention program for transgender people.
AIRS (AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc.)
1800 North Charles Street, Suite 700
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Provides comprehensive supportive housing services to enhance quality of life, emphasizing self-sufficiency for low-income and homeless individuals and families living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS or other disabilities throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Offers a supportive case management focusing on access to healthcare, substance abuse recovery, employability and income, with the goal of strengthening self-sufficiency. Eligibility criteria: Homeless, low income HIV+ individuals with a disability and their family members.
Baltimore County Department of Social Services - PROJECT HOME
Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Complete and submit online referral form application.
A State funded program directed towards providing specialized homes that house people living with AIDS. The clients do not require nursing home care and are not bedridden. In most cases their medical needs are covered by Medical Assistance. Clients can be referred to the program from a hospital, other programs within the Department of Social Services, or from the community. When a referral is made, the supervisor ranks the client, according to the client's needs, and assigns a social worker from the program to assess the client.
Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation, Inc. (BMHA)
200 East Lexington Street
Baltimore Maryland 21202
Offers a wellness program, The Imani Project, for families affected by HIV / AIDS
Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc. - HIV Care
3510 Brenbrook Drive
Randallstown, MD 21133
Chase Brexton Health Services has geographically grown since its early history of treating HIV in the Baltimore area. Services vary across locations (Glen Burnie/Anne Arundel County, Mount Vernon/Baltimore City, Randallstown/Baltimore County, Columbia/Howard County and Easton/Talbot County) and includes — but are not limited to — exams, follow-up, education, PrEP and more. Additional non-related services includes on-going medical, dental and behavioral health services. This is a general health service organization but which continues to specialize in services to those individuals with HIV including the LGBTQ community at large especially through their Infectious Diseases Center of Excellence.
Health Care for the Homeless – Baltimore County
9100 Franklin Square, Suite 204 (Eastern Family Resource Center)
Baltimore, Maryland 21237
HIV prevention, confidential testing, and treatment services as well as confidential HIV counseling and referral services for adults and children experiencing homelessness. Never refuses care based upon inability to pay.
Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program (MADAP)
For more information check the website or call 410-767-6535 or 1-800-205-6308
Ensures that people living with HIV/AIDS in Maryland have access to the medication they need to stay healthy. MADAP is a statewide program and is funded primarily through the Ryan White Act . MADAP pays for medications for eligible clients with no insurance and helps clients with insurance by paying for eligible co-pay and deductible costs so they can get their medication. See website for eligibility and application form.
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Center for HIV Care Services
Their website has information on treatment, medical care and support services, medication assistance programs, and other resources for people living with HIV / AIDS.
P.O. Box 2298
Baltimore, Maryland 21203
Prepares and delivers nutritious meals and groceries to individuals and their families - those in need and living with HIV/AIDS, women living with breast cancer and other life-challenging conditions - throughout the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Moveable Feast also provides nutritional counseling.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Offers the confidential (private) HIV testing, HIV test education, HIV referrals and counseling by trained staff who are sensitive to your needs and concerns. Payment is expected at time of service unless other arrangements have been previously made. Medicaid accepted. Some HIV services may be covered by your insurance. If uninsured, you may qualify for a state-funded program or a lower fee scale
Owings Mills Health Center
9129 Reisterstown Road
Valley Village Shopping Center
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
410-363-1655 by appointment
Towson Health Center
1714 Joan Avenue
Loch Ridge Shopping Center
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
University of Maryland School of Dentistry PLUS Clinic
650 West Baltimore Street (next door to the VA Hospital)
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-706-8467 Hours by appointment
Serves Ryan White eligible adults and adolescents (age 16 and older). For HIV+ patients ages 15 and under, please contact the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at 410-706-4213. For HIV negative patients, please contact the Screening Clinic for appointments by calling 410-706-7063.
For dental emergencies, please call 410-706-6467 to schedule an appointment. You may also walk in to the Urgent Care Clinic (located on the first floor of the School of Dentistry.) Please call 410-706-2716 for the clinic's available hours. Line-up starts before 6 a.m. and patients are served on a first-come, first-served basis. If you qualify for Ryan White, you must have proof of income and blood work when seen in the clinic or you will be expected to pay for the emergency visit at time of service.
P.O. Box 4780
Rockville, MD 20849-6303
1-800-HIV-0440 (1-800-448-0440); TTY: 1-888-480-3739
Monday to Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Health information specialists provide one-on-one customized, confidential answers to your questions about HIV/AIDS clinical trials and treatment by phone, email or mail . Spanish-speaking health information specialists are available
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636); TTY: 1-888-232-6348
In English, en Español
8 am to 8 pm (EST) Monday through Friday Closed weekends and major federal holidays
Get answers to your questions regarding HIV/AIDS and how to protect yourself.