Sarah Schmalzle, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the UM School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology and medical director of UM CID at the Midtown Campus discusses the importance of HIV testing, how to get tested and if needed, how to get connected to care.

Through the THRIVE Program, people living with HIV have access to the following care:

  • HIV specialty care
  • Primary care
  • Women's health
  • On-site screening for anal and cervical cancer
  • Medical nutrition therapy evaluation and counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Psychiatric care
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Buprenorphine maintenance therapy

Through close collaboration with on-site pharmacists, the JACQUES Initiative's Treatment Adherence Center offers daily directly administered antiretroviral therapy, or weekly or monthly pillboxes. They also offer peer support, tailored specifically for each patient's needs.

The Center for Infectious Diseases has on-site laboratory services and one-on-one time with social workers, who guide patients on everything from complex psychosocial needs and medical insurance to treatment adherence and housing. Patients living with HIV also have access to free legal counsel, thanks to a partnership with the University of Maryland School of Law.

Connect 2 Care

Connect 2 Care is a program for those who are newly diagnosed or previously diagnosed but not receiving care. The program allows individuals to walk-in to the center, unscheduled, for an intake appointment. During this appointment, patients will meet with a social worker, nurse, and other team members for an evaluation and introduction to the center. They will have initial blood work collected so it is available when they meet with an HIV provider, and appointments for a provider visit and any other needed services will be made. Patient's partner(s), family members, or close friends are welcome to attend.

HIV Prevention Services

The UM Center for Infectious Diseases offers pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for individuals at risk of HIV infection, and follow-up care for patients who are prescribed post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) through the University of Maryland Medical Center Emergency Department or Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department program for victims of sexual assault.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

UM Center for Infectious Diseases receives funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – an important source of support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or under-insured.


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