At the CAREProgram.org website, at the top of the page, above the banner, is a link that says, "Just Tested Positive?" That link will take you to a page where you can download the newly updated guide to HIV resources in Long Beach.
The guide was written with the newly diagnosed in mind, but it's also a great resource for those who have been living with HIV for a while, but are new to the community. For the newly diagnosed, it lists resources to help you notify your partners, and websites where you can find out more information on HIV.
The resource section includes a list of all the specialists who treat HIV for patients with private insurance, and all the community clinics. There's also a listing of HIV mental health services, including psychiatry, one-on-one counseling with therapists that have experience working with positive clients, and a list of local support groups.
The second section of the guide discusses the process of getting into care, including a new section on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and how it impacts persons living with HIV. There's also a new expanded section on HIV transmission, including medications that can keep a negative partner negative.
The section on acessing care also includes the basics around lab tests, medications and your immune system, and HIV services in Orange County.
At the end of the guide is a list of gay- and hiv-friendly 12 step meetings in the Long Beach area.
The previous version of the guide which has been on line for two years has had close to 2,000 downloads.