Victory Over HIV Starts Here
Beat HIV is part of a bold approach to eliminating HIV in Tarrant County by focusing on prevention, testing and treatment. Our goal is to reduce new HIV cases by 75 percent in 5 years and by 90 percent in 10 years.
Get The Facts
- More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV.
- HIV can and does affect all people. Some populations and parts of the country have been more affected than others.
- While there is not yet a cure, HIV is preventable and treatable.
HIV treatment involves taking medication that reduces the amount of HIV in your body. HIV medication is called antiretroviral therapy (ART).
- There is no effective cure for HIV. But with proper medical care HIV can be managed.
- Most people can get the virus under control (suppressed) within six months.
- Taking HIV medication does not prevent transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases.
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a medication people at risk for HIV take to prevent getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV. It’s estimated that it takes at least seven days for PrEP to reach high levels of protection in the body.
Get back into treatment
What if you’ve stopped seeing your health care provider regularly for HIV care or have stopped taking your medication? It’s important to return to care – even if you have to start seeing a new provider. Being in care and taking your HIV medication is the key to staying healthy. You can manage your HIV and live a long, healthy life with regular medical care and HIV treatment.
Shut Down the Shame
HIV stigma refers to negative attitudes, behaviors, and judgments towards people living with or at risk of HIV. It can negatively affect the health and well-being of people living with HIV by discouraging some individuals from accessing treatment and staying in care.
Connect with local resources for living a healthy life with HIV, including:
- Testing and more
Join one of the many HIV advocate, counseling and support groups. Find a list of the most popular groups below.
- Seasoned Survivors: A group for HIV survivors of 10 or more years
- HIT HIV: Creating resources for people with HIV by people with HIV
- Virtual Peer Talk: Groups for those living with HIV