The Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA), a program of the Bureau of Infectious Disease (BID), works with clinical and non-clinical community programs, people living with HIV/AIDS, and other stakeholders to advance HIV prevention and care services. This includes awarding contracts for services, providing capacity building assistance, and conducting community planning activities.
OHA staff work closely with programs throughout the Commonwealth serving a range of populations including ex-offenders, individuals who use injection drugs, individuals identifying as LGBTQ, individuals who have low-income, individuals who are unstably housed or homeless, and other vulnerable population groups. OHA collaborates with other DPH programs who also serve these individuals.
OHA funds a range of services in clinic and community-based settings across the state for people at risk for HIV. These services include integrated HIV, Hepatitis C, and Sexually Transmitted Disease prevention, testing, and treatment activities, as well as opioid overdose education and prevention activities. OHA funds a similar range of services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Medical case management programs assist in the coordination of medical and support services, and either directly provide, or coordinate access to, peer support, nutrition, housing search and advocacy, rental/utility assistance, legal, and benefits counseling services.
The Massachusetts Integrated Prevention and Care Committee (MIPCC) and the Statewide Consumer Advisory Board (SWCAB) act in an advisory capacity OHA. MIPCC and SWCAB members have diverse expertise and experience, and have a direct connection to HIV prevention and care services in Massachusetts. These groups provide feedback and proactive guidance on programmatic and policy approaches, and inform the development and implementation of prevention and care initiatives for individuals living with and at risk for HIV infection in the Commonwealth.