We’re here for you
In order for you to begin HIV care at Thrive Alabama, you must have a test to confirm your HIV status. If you were tested at Thrive Alabama, we will order the confirmation test. If you were diagnosed somewhere else, our intake nurse will look at your labwork to determine if the HIV test is adequate for confirmation. Once we have the confirmatory test, the intake nurse will schedule an appointment for you to get started with your care.
Your First Visit
When you come to your first appointment, you will need:
- proof of address [utility bill, rental agreement, etc]
- proof of income [last 2 paycheck stubs, W-2 form]
- insurance card [if you have insurance]
- photo ID
Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment to allow time to complete paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, you will see the intake social worker and nurse. They will ask questions about your health and living situation to determine what resources would be helpful to you such as housing, transportation, behavioral healthcare, or substance abuse services. You will also meet with the benefits coordinator and have labs drawn.
- allow at least 2 hrs for your first visit
- afterwards you will be scheduled to return to the clinic to see a provider in the following 2-4 weeks
Understanding My Labs
For an HIV positive person, understanding labs can be a difficult and confusing process. Lab work is drawn every three months. From the lab work, our physicians can tell many things about your body, the HIV virus and your overall health. With the lab work, we test for signs of infection, low blood counts and sexually transmitted diseases. We can also monitor the stability of your HIV.