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  • Title: Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: .. Contact Us.. Mailing List.. Southern Colorado AIDS Project.. Southern Colorado.. AIDS Project.. Menu.. Main Navigation.. Home.. About Us.. Mission History.. Board Staff.. Living With HIV.. Newly Diagnosed.. Support.. HIV Wellness.. Peer Mentoring.. Community Partners.. Client Services.. Medical HIV News.. Prevention.. Testing and Programs.. Outreach Information.. MPACT.. Ways to Help.. Donate.. Volunteer.. News Events.. Calendar.. Living with HIV.. HIV Testing.. Donate  ...   Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP) is the only AIDS Service Organization in southern Colorado providing HIV care, support and prevention services.. S-CAP is part of the Colorado AIDS Project.. 1301 South 8th Street, Suite 200.. Colorado Springs, CO 80905.. 719-578-9092.. 1-800-241-5468.. Pueblo Office.. 719-924-8925.. Contact webmaster.. Copyright 2013 Southern Colorado AIDS Project All Rights Reserved.. Updated on September 11, 2013.. Testing..

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  • Title: Contact Us - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: Community Care Partners.. Phone Numbers:.. Colorado Springs 719-578-9092.. Colorado Springs 1-800-241-5468.. Pueblo 719-924-8925.. Colorado Springs Fax.. 719-578-8690.. Colorado Springs, Office Hours/Location.. 8:30 a.. m.. - 5:00 p.. Monday through Friday.. Colorado Springs CO 80905.. From Interstate I-25 take Exit 141 Cimarron Street – head west.. At 8th Street, take a left, going south.. 1301 is on the east side of the street, directly south of the Lexus Car Dealership.. Visitor parking is located in the front of the building.. MapQuest directions.. to the Colorado Springs office.. Pueblo Office – call for office hours and directions.. Updated on January 28, 2013..

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  • Title: About Us - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
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  • Title: Mission & History - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: Mission.. The new Colorado AIDS Project mission is to equitably meet the evolving needs of people affected by HIV through prevention, care and advocacy across Colorado.. Service Area.. S-CAP maintains offices in Colorado Springs and Pueblo Colorado.. Today, the organization provides HIV specific programs and services in a 25 county area of southern Colorado The 43,065 square mile service area includes the counties of: Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Mineral, Otero, Park, Powers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache and Teller.. History.. For 25 years, the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-AP) provided comprehensive and individualized care  ...   in Grand Junction, Northern Colorado AIDS Project, Fort Collins and Colorado AIDS Project in Denver to discuss how HIV services could be maintained, if Federal funding was significantly reduced.. Ultimately, the four Colorado CAPs determined that a merged organization is the best move in supporting the HIV population.. On October 1, 2011, S-CAP became part of the new Colorado AIDS Project.. Each of the regional organizations will continue to operate independently.. Each CAP will continue to have the same name, the same great people, and offer the same great services.. But each is now part of a unified effort, marching forward together to meet a rapidly and dramatically evolving need..

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  • Title: Board of Directors & Staff - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: Board of Directors Staff.. Regional Council.. Gary Archuleta -.. President.. Mary Ellen McNally -.. Vice President.. Brenda Bartels.. Vicki Dimond.. Sue Grant.. Stephen Harman.. Daniel Korleski.. Cynthia Lambrecht.. William "Bill" Mead.. Sharon Regier.. Greg Varner.. Dinny Weber, MD.. Staff.. Kira Whitley - Manager.. Kelly DeMuth.. Joanna Harness.. Mary Lucero-Hill.. Laura Hoder.. Carly Johnson.. Lupe Joyner.. Lawrence Ramos - Pueblo.. Ann Sulley.. Michael Vacha Jr.. Andrew Kimmell - Manager.. Joey Gonzales.. Doug Swift.. Client Services Program Assistants.. Valerie Bauer.. Jessica Curry.. Bill Scharton.. Accounting/Administrative.. Jan Carroll, CPA.. Regional Director.. Richard Blair, CFRE.. Updated on August 26, 2013..

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  • Title: Living with HIV - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: Medical Page - HIV News..

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  • Title: Living with HIV: Newly Diagnosed - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: Dealing with HIV.. A positive HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) test does not mean you have AIDS – it's definitely not a death sentence.. Today, many HIV+ individuals are living long and fulfilling lives.. The key is getting effective treatment and being engaged and in control of your life.. With treatment, there is hope because HIV can be a manageable diagnosis.. Without treatment, HIV can damage your immune system and lead to AIDS.. It's important to take the following steps, if you haven't done so already:.. Enroll with a Medical Case Manager.. By enrolling with S-CAP, you can receive confidential medical case management services at no charge.. In addition, you may qualify for a range of health care and other services that can help you achieve optimal health and self-sufficiency.. Bilingual Spanish-speaking case managers are available.. Documentation required for enrollment include:.. Proof of residency within the S-CAP Service area:.. Colorado State Drivers License, Identification card, utility bill, current updated lease.. Verification of income:.. Social Security earnings statement, bank statement, employment pay stubs, Assistance for the Needy and Disabled, TANF or other documentation.. Verification of HIV status:.. Written documentation from a doctors office, medical lab or medical facility.. See a doctor experienced in treating HIV and AIDS.. You may choose to continue to see your current doctor, or your S-CAP medical case manager can help you find a doctor if you need help finding one.. The doctor you choose should take your medical history, provide a physical exam and conduct appropriate tests including a CD4 count, viral load test and a drug resistance test.. The results will provide a baseline measurement for future tests.. It's important for you to learn as much as possible about your condition and treatment options – don't hesitate to ask any questions that you have.. A list of providers and supporting agencies can be located on the Community Partners Page.. With your doctor, decide whether or not to begin taking anti-HIV medications.. After providing you with a medical exam and reviewing your test results, your doctor will discuss the pros and cons of starting treatment with anti-HIV medications (also called antiretroviral medications) with you..  ...   reproduce more rapidly, increasing the chances of AIDS-related conditions.. Carefully following your treatment regimen–known as adherence–helps you to prevent drug resistance.. When you skip doses, you may develop HIV strains resistant to drugs you are taking now or drugs you may need in the future.. Adherence to your treatment regimen gives you the best chance for long-term success in managing your condition.. Over time, your doctor will conduct periodic CD4 count, viral load tests and drug resistance test, as well as monitor your general health and physical exam results.. Your doctor will recommend either continuing or changing your treatment according to how well you respond to it.. Get the advice, support and help you need.. Your medical case manager and your doctor can help you work through many of the challenges of living with HIV.. They also can point you to additional services you may need.. For example, ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) and Colorado Health Insurance Continuation Program assist HIV+ persons in Colorado who have little or limited health insurance.. Prevent infecting others.. You can infect others with HIV by engaging in risky behaviors such as unprotected sex or needle sharing.. Tell your sexual partners and those with whom you have shared needles that you are HIV+ and encourage them to be tested for HIV.. You and your doctor can discuss the best way to notify your partners.. Some health departments and HIV clinics have anonymous partner notification systems — your partners are told that they have been exposed but are not told who reported their names or when the reported exposure occurred.. If you have not already, begin using HIV-prevention strategies, such as condoms and safer sex practices.. If you inject drugs, don't share your needles with anyone else.. It is important to use HIV prevention strategies even if your partner is also HIV+.. Your partner may have a different strain of the virus that could act differently in your body or may be resistant to different anti-HIV medications.. Additional information on HIV.. Guidelines for Antiretrovial Therapy.. The Positive Path Forward.. Sponsored by MERCK.. The Body.. Living with HIV/AIDS - Center for Disease Control (CDC)..

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  • Title: Living with HIV: Support Services and Programs - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: Support Services and Programs.. A number of programs and services are available to qualified individuals.. Below is a listing of programs and services.. Contact a Medical Case Manager for the most up- to-date information.. Medical Case Management.. – A medical case manager can help individual determine if they qualify for any of the following programs.. Peer Support Program.. – Learn how to manage your health and the health care system from individuals living with HIV.. The Peer Support Program focus is "To serve, support and grow with self-management and peer mentoring for people who are HIV+ by People who are HIV+ through active empowerment and education.. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).. – The Colorado AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is a program to provide AIDS-specific medications at no cost on an outpatient basis to Colorado residents who qualify for the program.. How do you qualify for ADAP?.. There are five qualifications for the program**:.. You must be a Colorado resident.. You must have proof of HIV positive diagnosis from a doctor or testing facility.. You must be at or below 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.. You must not be eligible for any other medical insurance through which you would be able to access medications in an affordable manner.. The Ryan White ADAP system must be the payer of last resort.. If you are on Medicaid, you must access HIV medications through that program.. ** Check in with a medical case manager for up-to-date program changes.. Health Insurance Assistance Program.. The Health Insurance Assistance Program is designed to assist individuals living with HIV/AIDS maintain access to their existing private health insurance or COBRA benefits.. The insurance coverage must provide creditable pharmaceutical coverage, and be cost-neutral to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to provide the same coverage.. This program has the extra benefit of providing access to medical treatment for its participants.. How do you qualify for the Insurance Program**?.. You may also access the program if a family member that is not HIV  ...   S-CAP's clients who have demonstrated financial need.. S-CAP works with food pantries outside El Paso County to support client needs.. Additionally, food vouchers are available to clients outside of El Paso County.. Nutritional supplements are available to individuals with medical documentation.. Medical Transportation Assistance.. – Clients who are without adequate transportation, or who qualify financially, may meet the requirements for gas vouchers or taxi/bus assistance for medical care.. Emotional support.. – The diagnosis of and challenges of living with HIV/AIDS can be extremely difficult.. Individuals living with the disease may feel isolated and overwhelmed with multiple barriers to health and success.. These challenges can often result in depression, anxiety, and overall mental health concerns that sometimes go undiagnosed and untreated.. Counseling is provided in a non-judgmental accepting environment by licensed therapists familiar with the complex issues associated with HIV/AIDS.. Support groups are available in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.. Emergency Financial Assistance.. – Seek financial assistance before you get yourself into a situation in which you are desperate for money.. It's most important to be able to cover your medical-care expenses.. However, you must also take care of the other areas of your life, such as housing and bills.. S-CAP medical case managers can help people develop budgets and identify additional options.. In order to receive emergency financial assistance you must have a current proof of residence, proof of income, a current budget and proof of the expense you are asking to be covered.. Access to emergency financial assistance and/or housing is limited by grant eligibility requirements.. Workshops Educational Programs.. – Throughout the year, S-CAP hosts workshops and educational programs for clients and their families.. Most all programs are provided at no charge.. Programs include, HIV Medical issues, Nutritional support, Financial Overviews, Recreational and Holistic programs.. Medical Professional Referrals.. S-CAP Medical Case Managers can help clients with professional referrals.. Not all referrals are available in each county.. HIV specialized medical care.. Primary medical care.. Chiropractor.. Spiritual Support.. Dental care.. Behavioral Health support.. Substance Abuse.. Legal Assistance..

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  • Title: Living with HIV: Wellness - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: Wellness.. Research shows individual wellness is based on good physical, and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise and habits.. Exercise.. The benefits of physical activity (see below) are well-established, and emerging studies continue to support an important role for habitual exercise in maintaining overall health and well-being.. Persuasive epidemiological and laboratory evidence shows that regular exercise protects against the development and progression of many chronic diseases and is an important component of a healthy lifestyle.. Recent studies correlating changes in physical activity have supported the hypotheses that regular activity increases longevity.. The public health benefits of increasing physical activity with the general population are potentially enormous due to both the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles and the impact of activity on disease risk.. Furthermore, data in recent years suggest that the threshold necessary for the health benefits of exercise, such as significantly lowering chronic disease risk, is lower than previously thought.. There is a clear inverse relationship between activity and mortality risk across activity categories, and the risk profile indicates that some exercise is better than none, and more exercise--up to a point--is better than less.. Thus, public health efforts should be directed toward getting more people more active more of the time rather than elevating everyone to an arbitrary fitness or activity level.. The benefits of physical activity are well-established, and emerging studies continue to support an important role for habitual exercise in maintaining overall health and well-being.. Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age.. It can also reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better.. Research has shown that doing aerobic or a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities 3 to 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes can give you these mental health benefits.. According to the Center for Disease Control "Science shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers.. This is remarkable in two ways:.. Only a few lifestyle choices have as large  ...   to food help improve quality of life and reduce costly medical care for persons living with HIV/AIDS.. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services "nutritional status is strongly predictive of survival and functional status among people living with HIV/AIDS.. ".. S-CAP's food pantry program provides the necessary support to help persons living with HIV/AIDS subsist and retain a quality of life.. Moreover, the nutritional education programs and counseling services offer clients the skills they need to be healthier and more self-sufficient toward meeting their evolving nutritional needs.. PDF Reports.. Nutritional Guide for HIV - HRSA -02.. Nutrition _ AIDS - FAO - United Nations.. Mental and Emotional Health.. Mental health problems can strike anybody, but people with HIV are more likely to experience a range of mental health issues.. Most common are feelings of acute emotional distress, depression, and anxiety, which can often accompany adverse life-events.. HIV also can directly infect the brain, causing impairment to memory and thinking.. In addition, some anti-HIV drugs can have mental health side effects.. Emotional Distress.. Receiving an HIV diagnosis can produce strong emotional reactions.. Initial feelings of shock and denial can turn to fear, guilt, anger, sadness, and a sense of hopelessness.. Some people even have suicidal thoughts.. It is understandable that one might feel helpless and fear illness, disability, and even death.. Support from family and friends can be very helpful at these times, as can professional help.. If you are feeling emotionally distressed, it is important that you talk about your feelings.. Remember that any strong and lasting emotional reaction to an HIV diagnosis calls for some kind of assistance, and that there is always help available.. Coping tips:.. Talk about your feelings with your doctor, medical case manager, family members and friends.. Try to find activities that relieve your stress, such as exercise or hobbies.. Try to get enough sleep each night to help you feel rested.. Learn relaxation methods like meditation, yoga or deep breathing.. Limit the amount of caffeine and nicotine you use.. Eat small, healthy meals throughout the day.. Join a support group..

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  • Title: Living with HIV: Peer Mentoring - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: Table of Contents.. Living Positive Workshop.. Peer Mentor Program.. Social Opportunities.. The Living Positive Workshop is a two-day workshop designed for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who wish to better manage their HIV health care.. A combination of information, skills building and peer mentorship (if desired) offer a unique opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, fun and confidential setting.. Person who have recently been diagnosed HIV+, as well as anyone wanting to better manage their HIV health care will find the training especially helpful.. All trainers are HIV+ (peers).. Training Highlights.. Basics of HIV health care.. Understanding Lab work.. Working effectively with health care providers.. Understanding HIV medications.. Nutrition, Mental Health and Substance Abuse.. Living with HIV and other conditions.. 2012 - Workshop Schedule *.. March 17 24 - Pueblo Colorado - 9 a.. - 5 p.. May 11 12 - Walsenburg, Colorado.. August 3 4 - Colorado Springs, Colorado.. October 19 20 - Canon City Colorado.. * Check with a case manger to confirm workshop availability..  ...   Mentor Program is available for individuals living with HIV who would like to have a mentor (an individual living with HIV who has been certified through trainings*) to help with HIV care and treatment management and questions.. * The mentor has been certified through training requirements of the Living Positive Workshop and Peer Mentor Workshop.. Peer Mentor Workshop is a two-day program.. At the end of the program participants will be able to:.. Describe important characteristics, roles and task of S-CAP mentors.. Use communication skills to build trust and rapport.. Respond appropriately to questions from mentees.. List expectations and boundaries of S-CAP mentors.. Follow basic steps for responding to an individual in crisis.. Social opportunities are open to all person infected or affected by HIV.. The group typically hosts a pot luck meal along with each event.. Previous activities have included picnics and outings to the Royal Gorge, Red Rocks, Pueblo River Walk.. Upcoming activities *.. * Check with the Pueblo or Colorado Springs office for carpooling information..

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  • Title: Living with HIV: Community Care Partners - Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)
    Descriptive info: Colorado Springs.. Infectious Disease Specialist - 719.. 578.. 5176.. Peak Vista Community Health Centers - 719.. 630.. 6440.. Colorado Springs Health Partners Urgent Care Clinic - 719.. 636.. 2999.. El Paso Public Health - Infectious Disease/STD - 719.. 3220.. Pikes Peak United Way - 719-632-1543.. Pueblo..  ...   Department of Public Health and Environment - 719.. 583.. 4300.. Alamosa.. Valley Wide Health Systems - 719.. 589.. 5161.. San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center - 719.. 4977.. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.. AIDS Drug Assistance Program, Health Insurance Assistance Program, Medicare Part D..

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