Bastyr Offers Affordable Health Care to HIV Patients
People diagnosed with HIV/AIDS often feel stigmatized, alone and fearful of the future. Sometimes they lose their friends or partners, their jobs, and the ability to maintain independent lives. While the search for a cure for HIV/AIDS continues, these people can find some relief through support and healthcare services, including Bastyr Center for Natural Health’s Immune Wellness Clinic.
Those who come to Bastyr’s special clinic receive nutritional guidance, immune-boosting supplements, a broad range of natural health care services and a listening ear, and often end up feeling better and living more active, independent lives than otherwise. They have more energy, have fewer side effects from their medications, and report improved quality of life, according to former Ryan White program coordinator Matthew Brooks.
In our Immune Wellness Clinic, we help people manage their diets, sleep better, improve digestion and end their addictions, it can be the very act of listening that helps patients most. “Patients appreciate the time and the personal attention they get,” he says. “Especially for someone who struggles to get their basic needs met, it means a lot for a provider to sit with them for an hour, strategize with them and meet them where they are.” Patients vary widely in their health status, from newly diagnosed with HIV to the later stages of AIDS. No matter what, the program helps.
How does it work? Anyone who has tested positive for HIV can participate in these integrated services. Patients see licensed naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists and nutritionists with a special interest in HIV/AIDS care. Our complementary and alternative health care services are a very effective compliment to allopathic care, and cases are co-managed with over 75 local HIV physicians in private practice or community clinics.
For those who cannot afford medical care, Bastyr offers discounted care and supplements to those who qualify through low-income criteria.
Writer: Sydney Maupin
Sources: Matthew Brooks, MSW; Steve Given, DAOM, LAc