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When people enter the Drexel family health center they are given a list of our services. Our website, area clinics and hospitals refer to Siloam. Our services run year round and there are no special requirements for people to benefit. Over 89% of our clients are on Medicaid and live under $25,000 per year. Any marketing materials are used to target this area.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS ESSENTIAL. OVER 88% OF SILOAM'S CLIENTS LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE.

Siloam Choice Food Pantry

THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO THE 88% OF SILOAM'S CLIENTS LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE

We design our food pantry to offer a selection. This gives our friends living with HIV / AIDS dignity and respect that comes with the ability to choose their meals.

BEYOND DRUGS AND HEALTH CARE

While access to medicines is extremely important, the needs of people with HIV/AIDS extend far beyond drugs and health care. HIV/AIDS care strategies therefore need to be comprehensive.

MASSAGE THERAPY BOOSTS THE IMUNE SYSTEMS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV

Massage therapy, which has been shown to improve immune function in HIV-positive adults and adolescents, may boost the immune systems of people living with HIV.


A strong immune system allows the body to shore up its disease-fighting arsenal. In contrast, a weakened immune system is an open invitation for disease.

 

For HIV patients, the immune system must be continuously built up to prevent the patient from succumbing to the disease. Research has proven the benefits of massage therapy among patients who were HIV-positive.

 

Massage boosts immune system function by reducing anxiety and stress, increasing white blood cell counts, and decreasing the levels of the stress hormone, Cortisol, which has been noted to destroy immune cells.

 

Massage has also been shown to activate the body’s natural killer cells.


Recent research suggests that properly administered massage therapy may help preserve the immune systems of HIV-positive people who lack access to antiretroviral medication.

SPEAKING TO SOMEONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCE TREATING PEOPLE WITH HIV IS BENEFICIAL AS THEY WILL HAVE A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH

A diagnosis of HIV or AIDS may often be difficult to cope with. Although treatment has been shown to be very effective for HIV, and those receiving treatment for the condition can expect to live longer and experience a higher quality of life than they might have in years past, the virus may still have a significant effect on mental health.

 

  • People diagnosed with HIV or AIDS may experience:

  • Depression

 

  • Anxiety

 

  • Fatigue

 

  • Grief for the perceived loss of the life they thought they would have

 

  • Anger toward the person who transmitted the virus

 

  • Stress due to the financial demands of treatment and any lifestyle changes that may be required

 

  • Guilt if they transmitted or suspect they transmitted the virus to someone else

 

  • Worry or decreased self-esteem from societal stigma and prejudices about HIV/AIDS

  • Hopelessness or suicidal thoughts

 

It may also be difficult for those infected with the virus to navigate the additional challenges a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS can have on romantic relationships.

 

Getting support

Speaking to someone who has experience treating clients with HIV is beneficial as they will have a greater understanding of what you’re going through and the psychological impacts.

SPIRITUALITY PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV

Spirituality plays an important role in people living with HIV (PLWH).Spirituality includes the internal, personal and emotional expression of the sacred and is often assessed by spiritual well-being, peace/comfort derived from faith, and spiritual coping.