National Projects in Detail

Diversity Care Wien

HIV specific, medical in-home care and social guidance for people with HIV/ AIDS has been founded in 1999 in Vienna in order to provide for the special needs of those affected in their homes and their familiar surroundings.

A characteristic of the organization is the close collaboration with the two AIDS-wards in the Viennese Otto Wagner hospital and AKH. This allows a smooth and well-prepared transfer of the patients to home care. Trained and registered nurses make sure that it is possible to adequately react to the quickly changing needs of the clients.

A particular concern is a value-free interaction with people who have a different sexual orientation or who uses substances. HIV mobile addresses those who suffer from AIDS or HIV positive people as wells as their friends and relatives. The range of services includes an HIV-specific custodial and medical support. Ever since it has been founded the foundation has been greatly supported by LIFE+ with the donations generated by the Life Ball.

Verein Positiver Dialog

Organizing sporting and cultural activities, the “Positive Dialog” is a self-help group by and for people affected by HIV/AIDS and their relatives which supports them in returning to an independent life. Life Ball makes it possible. Strengthening their social contacts and the possibility for mutual exchange allows those affected to gain a foothold in society far from bureaucracy and public authorities.

Buddy Verein

Even today, living with HIV/AIDS often means social isolation and stigmatization. Therefore, the Buddy project assists people with HIV/AIDS and offers them practical support and a sincere and personal relationship, which makes everyday life easier. Buddies try to increase the quality of life of those who are affected by HIV/AIDS by emotional and a very personal support. They can help by relieving the existing support system, but in some cases, though, a buddy is the only reliable person in the life of someone living with HIV/AIDS. Buddies meet with their ‘clients’ regularly on a one-to-one basis. They see them at home or in the hospital, listen to them, laugh with them, or go to the movies or to a café together. With their continuing contact and friendship buddies offer a supportive social framework. Thus, buddies can assist in strengthening the vital energies and coping skills. As a result, emotional crises and problems can easier be dealt with.

The so-called “helper cells“ are named after the supporting cells of the human immune system. They offer practical assistance in all kind of situations: they step in when friends and/or family need a break, or when the home help service is prevented from coming. They are also there if someone cannot count on the support from relatives or social care facilities – because they either are not available or cannot cater to someone’s individual needs. The Buddy Associations helper cells thus close the gap between institutionalized care, support from relatives or ‘emotional company’ from buddies.

To supply bedridden patients with everything they need at home, helper cells work together with the mobile nursing service “Diversity Care Wien”: they pick up medication from the drug store, fetch prescriptions from the doctor or have them approved by the chief physician at the health insurance company.

“Life Ball’s financial support significantly contributes to the continuance of the association and the maintenance of the projects, enabling the care of people with HIV/AIDS living in Vienna,” explains the executive committee of the Buddy Association.

AIDS Hilfen Österreich

The AIDS Help offers counseling and consultation for people who got infected with HIV or who are particularly in danger of getting infected. This enables people to protect themselves in order to prevent new infections. Additionally, the AIDS Help promotes social policies which do not tolerate the exclusion and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Austrian AIDS Help consists of seven independent, regional associations and supports people living with HIV/AIDS in coping with their disease. In over 50% of all cases, the AIDS Helps ask for quick direct help for people with HIV/AIDS who have unexpectedly found themselves in dire straits. In the last couple of years, however, various projects (day visit, meetings of people who are HIV-positive, sport therapy, activity projects, etc.) have been supported, as well.

Apart from that, the AIDS Helps – on behalf of the Ministry of Health – offer free and anonymous HIV testing. With their leaflets and publications, which are available for free for the most part, they reach hundreds of thousands of people each year and provide them with information on HIV/AIDS.

For further information, please go to www.aidshilfen.at (where you will also find links to all regional AIDS Helps).

AIDS Hilfe Wien

50-60% of all people living with HIV/AIDS in Austria are living in or near Vienna. This is why the Aids Help Vienna receives the biggest share of the financial support for national projects from LIFE+. “The year-long partnership with LIFE+ means a lot to the Aids Help Vienna. All means which we receive from the Life Ball are used entirely for projects to the benefit of people living with HIV/AIDS. At the Aids Help House, we offer individual psychological counseling, support provided by social workers as well as a safe place free of discrimination where people can meet, regain their strength and share their stories”, says Philipp Dirnberger, CEO of the Aids Help Vienna.

Read more about projects of the Aids Help Vienna here.

Projekte der AIDS Hilfe Wien

Project “Job Impuls” – individual potential analysis for a fresh start at work

Life expectancy of people with HIV/AIDS is increasing. Many people affected who receive good medical care – about 70 per cent of all people with HIV – can lead an almost unimpaired (working) life. In February 2011, the project “Job Impuls” (job impulse), which aims at supporting people with HIV/AIDS at finding their way back into work, was launched. Potential analyses, individual coaching and further education courses help people to re-enter the workplace.

Antiretroviral therapies and special medical examinations for clients who are not insured

Aids Help Vienna’s consultancy department is the only place in Vienna and its surroundings where HIV-positive people who are not insured are provided with antiretroviral medication. Whether they stranded in Austria for migrational reasons, whether they got sick and depressed because their asylum proceedings were delayed or whether they were not treated normally as out-patients anymore because of insurance gaps and were thus referred to us – these peoples’ health is endangered and they need help in any case. What is necessary in terms of medical care is antiretroviral medication as well as special kinds of examinations such as X-ray or ultrasound.

Medical check-ups for people with HIV/AIDS – measurement of the viral load and free immune monitoring

After receiving a positive HIV test result, the patients should – from a medical point of view – have their immunological and virological status checked as soon as possible. Clients who did an anonymous HIV test and unexpectedly received a positive result often have problems dealing with it: They are overwhelmed and not ready to tell their general practitioner about the diagnosis; many of them do not have the financial means to pay for the necessary medical examinations themselves, either. Sometimes, they even suppress what has happened to them, which can be dangerous for the patients themselves as well as for their sexual partners. This is why it is important for the Aids Help Vienna to do a first, anonymous and free immune monitoring in cases where it seems necessary from a professional point of view. This helps the patients to cope with the diagnosis and it also facilitates planning the ideal start of the therapy.

Day Center – a place where people meet

Aids Help Vienna’s Day Center is a low-threshold care offer for people with HIV/AIDS. Many of the people who come to the consultancy department are living in poverty. Poverty does not only mean that they have a low income, but it also implies that they are excluded from social activities.

What the Day and Activity Center offers is on the one hand feasible at low expenses and on the other hand, it encourages people to get active independently. Like this, people are enabled to participate actively in cultural and social life. Additionally, freshly cooked meals are supposed to enhance the clients’ physical and emotional well-being and promote networking and exchange between them.

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