Welcome to the website for the Office of HIV/AIDS. We have designed the site to make it easier for you to find information from the Office.
- Shifting Epidemics: HIV and Hepatitis C Infection among Injection Drug Users in Massachusetts
- Routine HIV Screening and Changes to Massachusetts Law Governing Consent - Updated October 2012
- HIV Resource Guide
- Clinical Advisory - Update About Routine HIV Screening of Pregnant Women
- Epidemiologic Profile Calendar Year 2013
- Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
- Needle and Syringe Purchase, Sale, Use and Disposal
- HIV Travel Ban Information (PDF)
- About the Office of HIV/AIDS
- Clinical Advisories
- Consumer and Advisory Groups
- Condoms and Supplies
- Educational Materials
- Epidemiologic Profiles and Research Reports
- Provider Information
- Services and Resources Guide
In 1983, Governor Dukakis convened the Massachusetts Task Force on AIDS, chaired by then DPH Commissioner Bailus Walker. Composed of leading clinicians, researchers, epidemiologists and community advocates, the Task Force met monthly to develop, guide and plan for the Commonwealth's multi-faceted response to the epidemic. The AIDS crisis created a new era in public health, compelling MDPH to strengthen its partnerships with providers, consumers and advocates. In 1985, the HIV/AIDS Bureau was established. AIDS planning and support was originally provided through the Health Resource Office. Starting January, 2009, the HIV/AIDS Bureau and the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control have been merged into a single bureau, the Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response, and Services. As one component of this merger, the Office of HIV/AIDS will carry on the functions and programs of the former HIV/AIDS Bureau.
From the beginning, the MDPH Office of HIV/AIDS has provided a variety of services throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently services range from prevention and education to HIV antibody counseling and testing, client services, health and support services. Through partnerships with community-based agencies, that emphasize commitment to the importance of multicultural health, the Office is able to maximize the public's access to services that significantly improve the quality of life for people with HIV and AIDS, and their families.
Our programs and our dedicated employees strive to promote full access to services for persons most at risk for HIV infection, and those living with HIV/AIDS. In order to accomplish this mission, the Office operates three programmatic units, two support units, and supports numerous collaborative partnerships.
Office of HIV/AIDS Collaborations
- Massachusetts Statewide Consumer Advisory Board
- Massachusetts HIV Prevention Planning Group
- Statewide Consumer Advisory Board (SWCAB)
- Massachusetts Prevention Planning Group (MPPG)
- Title I Ryan White Planning Council
- Statewide and national HIV policy and advocacy groups, including Massachusetts AIDS Policy Task Force, Project ABLE, NASTAD (National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors)
Kevin Cranston, MDiv
Bureau of Infectious Disease
250 Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Toll free: 800-443-2437
AIDS Action Committee HIV/AIDS Hotline
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