HIV Screen Tests

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system. While there is no cure for HIV, there are effective treatments available that can help people with HIV to live long and healthy lives. CoreMed Plus is a healthcare provider specializing in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV and offers a range of services to help people living with HIV manage their condition.

At CoreMed Plus, we understand that HIV testing and treatment can be a sensitive and personal topic, and we are committed to providing non-judgmental and supportive care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our team of healthcare professionals is trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing HIV, and we work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs.

The first step in managing HIV is to get tested, and CoreMed Plus offers a variety of testing options to suit each individual’s needs. We use advanced testing methods for faster and more accurate results, and our team of healthcare professionals provides counseling and support throughout the testing and treatment process.

If you test positive for HIV, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately to begin treatment and manage the virus. Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) is the primary treatment for HIV, and it involves taking a combination of medications that target different stages of the virus’s life cycle. When taken as directed, ART can help people with HIV to achieve undetectable viral loads, which means that the virus is not detectable in the blood and cannot be transmitted to others.

In addition to ART, people with HIV may also receive treatment for other conditions related to their infection, such as opportunistic infections or other AIDS-related illnesses. CoreMed Plus offers services to help people with HIV manage their condition, including medication management and support, mental health counseling and support, nutrition counseling and support, and referrals to other healthcare providers and specialists.

We also understand that prevention is key when it comes to managing HIV, and we offer various prevention services to help people reduce their risk of acquiring HIV. These services include HIV prevention education and counseling, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) medication to reduce the risk of developing HIV, condoms and other barrier methods for safer sex, and needle exchange programs for people who inject drugs.

At CoreMed Plus, we believe that everyone has the right to access high-quality healthcare services, regardless of their HIV status or other personal circumstances. We prioritize patient confidentiality and privacy, and our team of healthcare professionals is committed to providing non-judgmental and supportive care to everyone who comes to us for help.

We understand that HIV can be challenging to manage, and we are here to provide the support and resources you need to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Whether you are newly diagnosed with HIV or have been living with the virus for many years, our team is here to help you navigate the complexities of HIV treatment and management and to support you every step of the way.

What Is HIV

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system, which is the body’s natural defense against infections and diseases. HIV specifically targets and infects CD4 cells, a type of white blood cell that plays an essential role in fighting off infections. Over time, HIV can damage and destroy these cells, leading to a weakened immune system and increased susceptibility to infections and illnesses.

HIV is transmitted through contact with infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or breast milk. This can include sexual contact with an infected partner, sharing needles or other drug injection equipment with an infected person, or mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.

Many people with HIV do not have symptoms in the early stages of infection, making it difficult to detect and treat the virus. When symptoms do occur, they may include fever, fatigue, sore throat, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.

While there is no cure for HIV, antiretroviral medications can help manage the virus and prevent the progression to AIDS. People with HIV can also take steps to support their immune systems, such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and avoiding high-risk behaviors such as smoking and drug use.

The best way to prevent HIV is to practice safe sex by using condoms or dental dams, avoiding sharing needles or other drug injection equipment, and getting tested regularly if you are sexually active. It is also crucial for pregnant women with HIV to receive appropriate medical care to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

Symptoms Of HIV

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, and many people with HIV do not have any noticeable symptoms in the early stages of infection. However, as the virus progresses, it can cause a range of symptoms that may include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sore throat and difficulty swallowing
  • Skin rashes and lesions
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and other digestive problems
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Shortness of breath and coughing

It is important to note that these symptoms are not unique to HIV and can be caused by various other conditions. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, and in the early stages of infection, many people do not have noticeable symptoms. However, as the virus progresses, it can cause various symptoms, including fever, night sweats, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, skin rashes, headaches, nausea, and joint pain. It is essential to get tested to know for sure if you have HIV, as these symptoms can be caused by other conditions as well.

Treatment for HIV

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system. While there is no cure for HIV, there are effective treatments available that can help people with HIV to live long and healthy lives. CoreMed Plus is a healthcare provider specializing in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV and offers a range of services to help people living with HIV manage their condition.

Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) is the primary treatment for HIV, and it involves taking a combination of medications that target different stages of the virus’s life cycle. ART works by suppressing the virus and preventing it from replicating, which helps to protect the immune system and reduce the risk of developing AIDS-related illnesses. When taken as directed, ART can help people with HIV to achieve undetectable viral loads, which means that the virus is not detectable in the blood and cannot be transmitted to others.

There are several different types of ART medications, and the best combination of drugs for each individual will depend on several factors, including their overall health, their viral load, and any other medications they may be taking. Some common ART medications include:

  • Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs)
  • Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs)
  • Protease Inhibitors (PIs)
  • Integrase Inhibitors (INSTIs)
  • Fusion Inhibitors

In addition to ART, people with HIV may also receive treatment for other conditions related to their infection, such as opportunistic infections or other AIDS-related illnesses. CoreMed Plus offers a range of services to help people with HIV manage their condition, including:

  • HIV testing and diagnosis
  • Treatment and management of HIV and related conditions
  • Medication management and support
  • Mental health counseling and support
  • Nutrition counseling and support
  • Referrals to other healthcare providers and specialists

CoreMed Plus is committed to providing non-judgmental and supportive care to people living with HIV, and their team of healthcare professionals is trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing the virus. They prioritize patient confidentiality and privacy and work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs.

The first step in managing HIV is to get tested, and CoreMed Plus offers a variety of testing options to suit each individual’s needs. They use advanced testing methods for faster and more accurate results, and their team of healthcare professionals provides counseling and support throughout the testing and treatment process.

 

In addition to HIV testing and treatment, CoreMed Plus offers a range of prevention services to help people reduce their risk of acquiring HIV. These services include:

  • HIV prevention education and counseling
  • PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) medication to reduce the risk of developing HIV
  • Condoms and other barrier methods for safer sex
  • Needle exchange programs for people who inject drugs

By providing comprehensive testing, treatment, and prevention services, CoreMed Plus is helping to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV and to reduce the spread of the virus in the community.

Meet Briahnnon Long NP-BC

Briahnnon Long, NP-BC, graduated from Oakland University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She then pursued her Master of Science in Nursing. She graduated from The University of Michigan Flint in 2020 and became board certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She works in the acute care setting as a hospitalist and in the subacute care setting at a skilled nursing facility. She has special interests in health and wellness, preventative medicine, and chronic care management in the primary care setting. She loves being outdoors, cheering on her husband and two children in hockey, and camping and boating in the summer.

Let CoreMed Plus Help You Today!

CoreMed Plus is a healthcare provider specializing in screening, diagnosing, and treating HIV. We offer a range of services to help people living with HIV manage their condition, and we provide non-judgmental and supportive care to everyone who comes to us for help.

HIV Testing: The first step in managing HIV is to get tested, and CoreMed Plus offers a variety of testing options to suit each individual’s needs. We use advanced testing methods for faster and more accurate results, and our team of healthcare professionals provides counseling and support throughout the testing process. Our testing services include:

  • HIV Antibody Testing: This involves a blood test that looks for antibodies to HIV.
  • Rapid HIV Testing: This involves a quick finger prick test that can provide results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Oral Swab Testing: This involves swabbing the inside of the mouth to collect a sample for testing.

HIV Treatment: If you test positive for HIV, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to begin treatment and manage the virus. CoreMed Plus offers a range of services to help people with HIV manage their condition, including:

  • Antiretroviral Therapy (ART): This is the primary treatment for HIV, and it involves taking a combination of medications that target different stages of the virus’s life cycle.
  • Medication Management and Support: Our team of healthcare professionals can help you manage your HIV medications and provide support and guidance throughout the treatment process.
  • Mental Health Counseling and Support: We offer counseling and support services to help people with HIV cope with the emotional and psychological impact of the diagnosis and manage any related mental health conditions.
  • Nutrition Counseling and Support: We offer nutrition counseling and support services to help people with HIV maintain a healthy diet and manage any related nutritional deficiencies.
  • Referrals to Other Healthcare Providers and Specialists: We can provide referrals to other healthcare providers and specialists as needed, including infectious disease specialists, nutritionists, and mental health professionals.

At CoreMed Plus, we are committed to promoting the health and well-being of people living with HIV, and to reducing the spread of the virus in the community. We offer a range of prevention services to help people reduce their risk of acquiring HIV, including HIV prevention education and counseling, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) medication to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV, condoms and other barrier methods for safer sex, and needle exchange programs for people who inject drugs.

Our team of healthcare professionals is trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing HIV, and we work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs. We prioritize patient confidentiality and privacy, and we provide non-judgmental and supportive care to everyone who comes to us for help.

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If you’re ready to take charge of your health and embark on a journey toward a healthier, happier life, we invite you to contact us today. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is excited to take your call and help you on your health journey. We will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is right for you and provide the support and care you need every step of the way.

Don’t let health concerns hold you back – contact CoreMed Plus today and let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a healthier, happier life.

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    Dr. Mark Richter Bio

    I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.