Live Forward believes that the primary need of homeless or housing vulnerable individuals or families is affordable, stable housing. Once that need has been met then other psycho-social and economic issues that may affect the household can and should be addressed.
Housing is Healthcare
Research shows that housing plays a critical role in HIV/AIDS prevention and health care. Live Forward believes that the housing or the lack there of affects one’s ability to live a healthy life. Stably housed HIV positive individuals are more likely to access medical care, access supportive services, get on antiretroviral medication, take the medication as prescribed, remain engaged in healthcare. However, individuals with HIV who are homeless or unstably housing are more likely to delay HIV care, have poorer access to regular care, and are less likely to adhere to their HIV treatment.
Client Centered Case Management and Harm Reduction
Live Forward believes is important to meet clients where they are. Case management uses a harm reduction model that is client centered, strength based, nonjudgmental and respectful of the client’s right to self-determination. We assist the client with recognizing their strengths bt supporting their capability to make healthier life choices. Our overall goal is to inspire, promote, encourage and motivate the client’s journey towards independence.
Live Forward supports the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s (Updated to 2020) vision:
The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.
Therefore, Live Forward has adopted the following practices:
- Widespread HIV testing and linkage to care enabling people to living with HIV to access treatment early.
- Broad support for people living with HIV to remain engaged in comprehensive care including support for treatment adherence.
- Universal viral suppression for people living with HIV.
- Full access to comprehensive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services