NY Health Department Uses Text Messages to Keep HIV+ Patients Healthy


Last month on World AIDS Day, the New York City Department of Health launched a text message service that can help save the lives of HIV+ patients.

HIV Care offers appointment reminders, medication refill schedules, inspirational advice, testing locations, information about health education workshops, and other services. New Yorkers just need to text CARE to 877-877, to start receiving personalized messages that can help them stay on top of their medication schedules and get the care they need.

NY1 explained the new program’s ease of access:

New Yorkers diagnosed with HIV can now be connected to medical support with just a text message.

HIV+ patients often face a complex schedule of medications and appointments. Adhering to their prescribed regimens can be one of the disease’s biggest challenges, and finding support services is another daily challenge. By making it easy for HIV+ New Yorkers to keep to their medical routine, HIV Care has the potential to save lives.

To enroll in HIV Care, text CARE to 877-877.

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