Four Online “Finders” for Care and Services
A strong network of medical and service providers can make a world of difference to your HIV health and your general well-being. But it’s not always clear where to find the care and supportive services you need and want.
That’s where these four user-friendly, searchable online databases come in. Looking to begin HIV treatment, find a new doctor, or access legal, housing, or financial services? One of these “finders” is sure to fit the bill. All offer handy maps to help get you to your new provider’s door.
- AAHIVM Referral Link: From the American Academy of HIV Medicine comes this excellent care and support provider database. Look up a provider by name, or enter your location and search for specific types of care (confirmatory HIV testing, primary HIV care, transgender health, and many others) and additional clinical and support services like substance use treatment, health insurance counseling—even transportation. You can also narrow your search to include only providers accepting certain forms of payment, such as Medicaid, Medicare, or a sliding-scale fee.
- AIDS Services Organization Finder: The ASO finder from TheBody.com is ingeneously straightforward: Enter your zipcode, select the distance you’re willing to travel and the type of services you’re looking for, and click “FIND ASO” to get your results. Searchable services include case management, educational services, financial assistance, legal services, HIV testing and counseling, and food, housing, and transportation.
- HIVMA Provider Directory: This clinical care finder locates members of the U.S.-based HIV Medicine Association. Search by location, type of insurance accepted (including no insurance at all), and population specialty (adolescents, men, pregnant women, and more). Narrow your search by language spoken, including English, Spanish, and others—even Finnish!
- Ryan White Program Provider Search: Also simple and straightforward, this finder from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services helps locate providers working with the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides care to uninsured or underinsured people with HIV. Ryan White–funded medical providers can refer you to dental care and other services (transportation, for example), as well as help you access HIV medications. To locate a provider, search by zip code, county, or state, or look up a specific clinic, organization, or provider by name.
Reilly O’Neal is a freelance writer and former editor of BETA.