Community Resources for People with HIV
UPMC is committed to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art HIV medical care and access to cutting-edge clinical trials for HIV-infected individuals. Experienced physiciansand staff offer services in a caring, compassionate manner. For those infected with HIV, early intervention and access to medical care are critical. Early treatment and regular doctor visits will help patients lead a healthy and productive life.
At UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh
UPMC Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment (PACT)
UPMC's PACT has been providing world-class HIV medical care since 1989, and we are the largest provider in southwest Pennsylvania. PACT is a dedicated health care team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other professionals with expertise in HIV providing ongoing primary medical care and education for persons who are infected with HIV or have AIDS.
Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment (PACT)
Falk Medical Building
3601 Fifth Ave., 7th floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
To make an appointment, schedule an HIV test, or for more information, call 412-647-PACT (7228) or toll-free 1-877-788-PACT.
Our staff coordinates both outpatient and inpatient care when necessary. PACT's team also includes social workers, medical case managers, mental health providers, peer advocates, a pharmacist, and a financial counselor. Our patient-centered care helps people cope with the psychological, social, and financial stresses that can occur when living with HIV. We have received Level 3 recognition for Patient-Centered Medical Home, the highest recognition awarded by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
HIV medical care is provided for the uninsured on a sliding fee scale. In addition, all research studies are without cost to volunteers, and travel expenses are subsidized.
Once enrolled in care, many on-site services are available, including:
- Comprehensive state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS primary medical care
- Pharmacy services, social support services and nutritional consults
- Gynecological care
- Coordinated HIV/obstetrical care
- Patient support groups for both men and women
- Peer advocacy
- Anal dysplasia clinic
- Compassionate, well-qualified physicians and staff
- Pain management
- Clinical trials and research
- Individualized medication adherence support
- Smoking cessation program
- Secondary prevention counseling
- Mental health care
- Free HIV partner testing
- Subsidized transportation costs for those who qualify
University of Pittsburgh Treatment Evaluation Unit (PTEU)
PTEU is a National Institutes of Health-funded research center that offers experimental treatments for HIV infection and related complications. PTEU conducts many nationwide trials of new medications for HIV, and we offer innovative treatments to volunteers who agree to be enrolled in clinical trials. For more information, or if you are interested in participating in research studies, please call 412-647-0332.
Pitt Men's Study
Confidential research study of the natural history of HIV/AIDS, funded by the National Institutes of Health and ongoing in Pittsburgh since 1984. The Pitt Men's Study is part of the Graduate School of Public Health of the University of Pittsburgh. Participants are seen in a freestanding clinic dedicated to this research project. To speak confidentially with clinic staff, call 412-624-2008 or toll-free 1-800-987-1963.
Case managers can provide support and help you find the services you need. They are aware of programs and sources of funding to help with a variety of needs, including housing, transportation, and nutrition. If you need to apply for disability, they can help with the process. Case management services are available to everyone. If you are on medical assistance and are AIDS-diagnosed or HIV-symptomatic, you may be eligible for increased services through a state program called targeted case management.
- Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment
412-647-PACT (7228) or toll-free 1-877-788-PACT
- Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
(Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties)
412-242-2500 or toll-free 1-888-204-8821
- Beaver County AIDS Service Organization
Toll-free 1-888-547-3708 or 724-378-3030
- Northwest Rural AIDS Alliance
(Cameron, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties)
- Butler-Armstrong AIDS Alliance
724-283-3636 or, toll-free, 1-800-531-1793
- UPMC Lee Regional
(Indiana, Somerset, Cambria Counties)
- Ohio Department of Health
For the phone number of your case management program, call 614-644-8085
- West Virginia
Call Jay Adams, HIV Care Coordinator, West Virginia panhandle region, at 304-242-9443
Other Local Organizations
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
Provides services to people living with HIV in southwestern Pennsylvania. Client services include case management, homeless program, volunteer “buddy” program, emergency funds, food pantry, legal services, transportation assistance, therapeutic massage, and pet-care program. They also provide self-help groups and counseling and testing for HIV. 412-242-2500 or toll-free 1-888-204-8821. For financial assistance with transportation to appointments, call 412-281-5474.
Shepherd Wellness Community
A supportive community of people affected by HIV. Weekly dinners, support groups, social activities, transportation assistance, monthly newsletter, and spiritual support are among their activities. 412-683-4477.
Provides comprehensive mental health services to sexual minorities and people affected by HIV-AIDS. 412-441-9786.
The Seven Project, Inc
Provides self-help groups for people infected and affected by HIV; also offers social events, outreach, and prevention services. A social worker offers mental health services for people living with HIV. This is the only minority-owned AIDS service organization in this region. 412-325-1073.
AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP)
Each state has an AIDS drug assistance program to help with the cost of HIV-related drugs. The income guidelines and drugs covered are different for each state. If you have questions, ask your social worker or call one of these programs:
- Pennsylvania Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program
- Ohio HIV Drug Program
- West Virginia Drug Assistance Program
Updated October 2013