AHF MEDICAL CENTRE KINGSTON
Provides general ambulatory care & free HIV and STI testing and treatment.
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AHF MEDICAL CENTRE KINGSTON
Kingston, St. Andrew
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All services offered at our Medical Center
- General ambulatory care and treatment
- HIV testing and treatment
- STI testing and treatment
- Pap smear
- Educational sessions
- Condom distribution
- Medication pickup
- Blood tests
- ECG testing
- Specialist referral
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AHF Jamaica provides holistic care and support for HIV+ patients through close collaboration with key Non-Governmental and Governmental partners.
Our services are FREE and 100% confidential. We do not discriminate for any reason and we encourage our patients to adopt a preventive culture. We encourage regular testing and promote safe sex with the use of condoms. We are always ready to serve you!
No appointment needed for testing
No appointment needed for testing
About AHF Jamaica
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Jamaica is a locally registered non-governmental organization (NGO) and is part of the multinational AIDS Healthcare Foundation which exist in over forty (40) countries worldwide.
In February of 2018 AHF Jamaica Medical Centre began providing services to HIV and STI patients. These services includes prevention testing and treatment. The Medical Centre also extends its services to persons living with chronic illnesses and other diseases.
As of December 2018 it has registered a total of over 745 patients, 140 HIV+ patients and numerous other STI and other chronic illnesses.
We have a team of highly trained medical professionals who provides excellent service to our patients.
Our commitment to providing quality services and our advancement in medical technology contributes significantly to the building of a positive, progressive and unquestionable reputation among NGOs. Also at the same time maintaining our mission statement “Cutting edge medicine and advocacy regardless of the ability to pay”.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is HIV?
HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus that gets into a person’s cells. HIV affects the immune system, specifically the T-Cells or CD4 cells which fight infection. Simply put, the virus destroys the T-cells so that the immune system of a person with untreated HIV infection is not able to fight off diseases and infections.
What is AIDS?
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS is caused by HIV and is a late stage of infection. A person can live many years with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus in his or her system without experiencing any symptoms. When enough T-cells have been destroyed to severely compromise the body’s ability to fight infection and disease, a person’s diagnosis progresses to AIDS.
How to prevent infection
There is no cure or vaccine for HIV. However, HIV is treatable and preventable.
Here’s how you can minimize your risk for infection:
- Use condoms: If you are sexually active, always use a condom during vaginal and anal intercourse. Condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV transmission.
- Use clean needles: If you inject drugs, use new, sterile needles.
- Discuss sexual histories: Knowing the HIV status of your partner or partners will enable you to take steps to prevent transmission, like using condoms.
- Have sober sex: If you are drinking or taking drugs, you are less likely to practice safer sex and use condoms. If you feel like you may have a drug or alcohol, seek help.
- Get tested for other STDs: Having a sexually-transmitted disease (STD)—such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis—can increase your risk of getting infected with HIV. Many STDs do not have obvious symptoms. Get tested for free through an AIDS Healthcare Foundation Wellness Center.
- Abstain or have fewer partners: Having fewer sexual partners will decrease your risk for contracting HIV or other STDs.
How is the virus transmitted?
HIV is transmitted sexually, by contact with blood or it can also be transmitted from a mother to her child.
- It is transmitted sexually by oral, vaginal or anal penetration, without the correct use of the condom. According to the Ministry of Health, in Argentina 98% of people living with the virus acquired it sexually.
- By sharing needles to inject drugs, pockets, metal pipes or by using sharp sharp elements that have not been properly sterilized.
- A woman with HIV can transmit the virus to her child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. However, this type of transmission can be prevented through medical attention and timely treatment.
How is the virus NOT transmitted?
- There is no risk of HIV transmission through saliva, sweat, tears, cough or sneezing.
- It is not transmitted through daily contact or contact that involves sharing social, work or school spaces.
- Nor is there any risk when shaking hands, hugging or kissing; nor, for taking mates or sharing gyms, showers, toilets, cutlery, glasses or clothes, among others.
- Insect bites do not transmit HIV.
Many people with HIV do not experience any systems until the late stages of the disease. In fact, the virus can live in your body for as many as 10 years – or more – without causing any obvious symptoms. Extreme fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and wasting syndrome can be some of the symptoms experienced at the late stages –when the disease has progressed to AIDS. These symptoms are most often caused by the opportunistic infections that a weakened immune system has been unable to fight off.
In the first 2 weeks to 30 days after infection—when higher levels of the virus are in a person’s system and he or she is most infectious (or, able to pass the virus on to others)—some may experience severe flu-like symptoms. It’s important to remember that not everyone who gets infected experiences these symptoms.
Is it possible at first sight to know that someone lives with HIV?
No. The virus can only be detected through the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) test.
Why should I get tested?
Knowing your HIV status is the best way to protect your health and the health of your partner or partners. If you are HIV-positive, early diagnosis gives you the best chance to live a healthy, long life. Many who are HIV-positive do not know it, and could unknowingly infect others. If you are sexually active, get tested. The testing experience at our sites is free, quick, easy and 100% judgment-free.
Where can I get tested for HIV?
In any Health Center or public Hospital you can get tested.
Also, you can take the test at the AHF test centers and allies.
How long will the test take?
The actual test time will be from 1 minute to 20 minutes depending on the type of test used. Some tests use a small drop of blood, others test your saliva by taking a quick, painless swab of the inside of your cheek. Whatever the technology used, if you take the test at one of our sites, we guarantee it will be quick.
How long will I have to wait for my results?
You will receive your results before you leave.
How much will HIV testing cost?
Getting an HIV test is free at all of our sites and at the sites of all of our partner organizations.
Who will give me the test?
The test will be administered by a trained and certified HIV testing counselor.
Will I have to answer a lot of personal questions?
We only gather the minimum information necessary and required to comply with regulations and to assist us in designing the best health programs for the people we serve. We strive to keep the process as simple as possible.
What is the ideal time to get tested for HIV?
Today is the right time. Get tested and you will know your result in minutes. It is a confidential and free service.
What if my test results show that I am HIV-positive?
If you receive an HIV-positive test result, our trained and certified counselors will walk you through the next steps. HIV is not curable, but it is treatable and the treatments are highly effective.Caring for those living with HIV is our mission. If you test positive, our knowledgeable staff of counselors and medical providers will be with you to support you every step of the way.
What is the difference between living with HIV and having AIDS?
Living with HIV means that the virus lives in your body, while having AIDS is when the immune system (body’s defenses) is already very weak and the person is exposed without protection, to infectious diseases that take advantage of this opportunity (opportunistic infections) .
Does having HIV mean that I am going to die?
No. As long as you have proper medical treatment and take antiretroviral medications with proper medical control, you increase your quality of life.
What are antiretrovirals and why are they important?
Antiretrovirals are medications that prevent the multiplication of HIV in the body. Therefore, they help maintain and restore the immune system.
If I have HIV, when can I start using antiretrovirals?
As soon as you have the results of the necessary laboratory tests, and under the control of qualified health personnel, you can start antiretroviral treatment.
Can I take other medications (such as naturopathic medications) at the same time I am taking my antiretroviral treatment?
Before taking any type of medication – even if they are naturists – you should consult the attending physician.
If I already know my diagnosis and have improved my health, can I stop taking antiretrovirals?
No. Antiretrovirals should be taken for life, according to the indications of the medical professional in charge of your treatment. No interruption should occur, unless directed by the doctor. Discontinuing treatment may cause current antiretrovirals to stop working and the virus will begin to multiply again, compromising your health.
We care for millions of people and extend our fight to eradicate HIV around the world.
The promise is to have 20 million people on treatment for the year 2020.
We are the largest global organization in providing cutting-edge medical services, mobile testing and promotion of HIV prevention.
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