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We are committed to providing the very best medical care and social services for Brooklyn patients with HIV and AIDS, in a manner that both meets their needs and respects their confidentiality. The Life Forward Program respects your privacy, while providing comprehensive, quality health care to help you manage your HIV and AIDS in Brooklyn.

We offer:

  • Testing, along with a complete evaluation of medical, nutritional and behavioral needs
  • A personalized plan of care that addresses your health and support service needs
  • Referrals to specialties for any associated medical conditions

Program Features

  • Local - We are proud to serve HIV and AIDS patients in Brooklyn and beyond
  • We see male and female patients
  • All patients are seen by a physician
  • A private practice setting, with a full-time program coordinator

Support Services

  • Psychological counseling to help you with any concerns and feelings about your diagnosis.
  • Social sevice agency referral for needed support services.
  • Nutritional and lifestyle consultations.
  • Financial counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get free HIV testing in Brooklyn?
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene currently performs free testing for HIV. Information about the "Brooklyn Knows" program can be obtained by calling 311 or at www.nyc.gov/health.

Can my employer obtain the results of my HIV test?
Your employer cannot obtain the results of your HIV test without your consent.

I don't have health insurance. Can you help me?
The Life Forward Program can assist you in obtaining insurance coverage, based on your eligibility. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) can provide coverage for many individuals who are not eligible for other insurance.

I get annual health examinations. Do I need to request HIV testing?
Yes. In New York state, HIV testing cannot be performed without your signed consent.

Are the results of HIV testing confidential?
The results cannot be given to individuals such as relatives, friends, or employers without your specific consent. However, all results are reported to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and may be provided to your health care providers, insurance provider, and at risk contacts (sexual or needle sharing partners) without your consent.

What do I do if I test positive for HIV?
See your doctor right away. If you do not have a doctor or if your doctor is not experienced in the management of HIV, our Life Forward Program will perform all required evaluation, discuss treatment options with you in detail, prescribe appropriate treatment when necessary, and continue to see you and provide all needed HIV-related care. All patients are seen by Infectious Diseases physicians, and these physicians are on-call at all times for emergencies.

Watch Dennis Bisciello talk about living with HIV and his experience
at the Life Forward Program at Maimonides Medical Center