Support for New Yorkers Diagnosed With HIV — Just a Text Message Away
In December 2013 on World AIDS Day, the New York City Department of Health launched a text message service for HIV+ patients. This new program makes it easier for HIV+ New Yorkers to get support using a familiar daily habit – texting.
Your patients now have access to many potentially life-saving services. They need only text the word CARE to 877877 to enroll in the following confidential services:
- Medication, refill and appointment reminders
- Healthy messages
- Information on health education workshops and other events
- Information on free safer sex products
- Timely updates on new prevention tools like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
Once enrolled, your patients will receive personalized messages that can help them stay on top of their medication schedules and get the care they need. The potential to save lives, with a simple text message, makes this program a valuable new resource.
For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/care.shtml.