HIV Treatments

In 1987, a drug called AZT became the first approved treatment for HIV disease. Since then, approximately 30 drugs have been approved to treat people living with HIV/AIDS, and more are under development. You may have heard these drugs called many different names, including: "The Cocktail" Antiretrovirals (ARVs) Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART or ART) There are currently five different "classes" of HIV drugs. Each class of drug attacks the virus at different points in its life cycle—so if you are taking HIV meds, you will generally take 3 different antiretroviral drugs from 2 different classes. This regimen is standard for HIV care and it’s important. That’s because no drug can cure HIV, and taking a single drug, by itself, won’t stop HIV from harming you. Taking 3 different HIV…
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Pennsylvania STD Program

Department of Health, STDs
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES PROGRAM The primary mission of the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program is the prevention of and the intervention in the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Through implementation of the Program’s core functions: the management of STD service delivery, education, training, surveillance and interaction with professional health care providers and community-based organizations, the STD Program strives to insure a quality, professional and client centered approach to individuals seeking STD related health care. read more ...
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What We Do

Caring Communities
Every day, we spend our time fighting disease and helping others to be free of, or manage, STDs including HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia. We have a variety of services and programs available to communities in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania including Testing Services, Support Services, and Prevention/Education Services. Find out more about what we do and how we might be able to help you by clicking here.
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What People Are Saying

Caring Communities, Client Testimonials
"I've tested for HIV and other diseases at Caring Communities and their staff has always made me feel at ease.  I was very grateful to this agency for their expertise in the field of STD testing."  - J. D. "Caring Communities provided an excellent program to my class on the basics of HIV/AIDS and did an excellent job!  Thank you so much for all of your help and knowledge!"  - M.Y. "My case manager has helped me with a lot of problems I was having especially navigating the local healhcare and social service system.  Without her, I'd be lost.  Thank you." - A. T. Do you have a testimonial that you'd like to see here? E-mail it to We can include your name or just initials, or you can…
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