Case Management & Support

The Utah AIDS Foundation offers a variety of services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Case Management

The Utah AIDS Foundation offers case management services, free of charge, to anyone living with HIV/AIDS including children, adolescents, and their families.

If you, or members of your family, are living with HIV and need help planning, coordinating, or accessing any of the services available to you throughout the state of Utah, a UAF case manager can help. Understanding all the different programs and types of assistance can be confusing and difficult. Our case managers are here to help you sort through it all and get the services that will help you manage an HIV infection.

This means a UAF case manager can help you with:

  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Mental health services
  • Support groups
  • Food and meal services
  • Benefits advocacy
  • Financial assistance
  • And much more…

If you would like to talk with a case manager at the Utah AIDS Foundation please call (801) 487–2323. Servicios disponsibles en español.

Social & Support Groups

The Utah AIDS Foundation understands that it can be very difficult to deal with HIV-related issues alone. Social support groups offer a variety of settings in which you can talk about what you are going through with others in similar situations.

Current social & support groups include:

  • Woman's Centered Support Group for those living with or affected by HIV
    This group is facilitated by the Utah AIDS Foundation. The goal of this group is to not only provide a safe a caring place for women to discuss their concerns, and provide support to each other, but this group also focuses on empowerment in choices, daily living, and discussing family and relationship concerns. Facilitated by Misty Thompson, and co-facilitated by Darcie Lane. Participants must speak with our Utah AIDS Foundation team before joining the group.
  • HIV + Gay Men's Support Group for those who are HIV+
    The Utah AIDS Foundation's Gay Men's Support Group is designed to help men share concerns about living with HIV/AIDS, meet others who empathize with each other, and to learn how to talk to family and loved ones about difficult issues. Group is held every Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Utah AIDS Foundation (schedule subject to change). This is an open group; client space is available. In order to participate, or if you have questions, please call (801) 487-2323.
  • General Gay Men's Support Group
    This diverse group of men focus on individual and community issues. Topics discussed in group include relationships and dating, spirituality, coming out, living in Utah, community resources and events, job issues, family, friends, substance use and abuse. For more information contact Jerry Buie at (801) 595-0666.
  • Spanish Speaking Support Group for those living with or affected by HIV who speak Spanish
    Social/support group held in Spanish for people affected by HIV. This group is facilitated by Juan Carlos Morales, and meets at the Utah AIDS Foundation every Monday from 3-5pm. For more information call (801) 487-2323.
  • Hepatitis C Support Group
    Social/support group for people living with Hepatitis C as well as their family and friends. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at 6:30 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church located at 261 South 900 East in Salt Lake City. Call Amber at SLVHD at (801) 534-4620 or (801) 949-0993 for more information.
  • General HIV+ Group
    This is a therapeutic group designed to assist participants in working out what it means to be an individual living with HIV. Especially if you have been diagnosed with HIV recently, this group might be for you. Call Jerry Buie at (801) 595-0666 to get involved in this group.

To find out more info about any of these groups please call (801) 487-2323.

Newly Diagnosed

Being newly diagnosed with HIV can be a very difficult and frightening revelation. It is important for you to know that there are many services available to making HIV a very manageable illness. With the proper knowledge and care, you can manage your HIV infection safely and successfully, allowing you to live a very long and healthy life. To find your way through the in’s & out’s of being HIV positive, let us help guide you.

A UAF case manager can help you find the best resources that are available to you. In the meantime, here are some other websites and books that can help in your journey.

  • Day One: "This web page is the beginnings of your Survival Kit. I’m not a doctor or professional counselor I’m just a person with HIV, and I’ve gone through the same thing you’re going through. " - Wynn Wagner
  • Just Diagnosed with HIV?: It can be very scary to learn that your HIV test came back positive, but it’s not a death sentence. The test means that you are infected with the virus that causes AIDS, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Even though there is no cure for HIV disease, there are many new treatments that help keep the disease under control.

Here are a couple of book titles which we recommend and are available for check out in our Resource Library. You are welcome to come in and check out any book you like.

  • "I Just Found Out I Have HIV, Now What?" by Timothy J. Critzer
  • "The First Year HIV: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed" by Brett Grodeck

Take your time, then once you are ready to move forward with your research, please visit our Resource Center for books about being HIV + and web links with more information on local HIV resources, HIV Medications, nutrition and exercise and much more. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at (801) 487-2323.