Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks and weakens the body’s defense system. The virus and the infection that it causes are called HIV. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the last stage of HIV disease.
We provide comprehensive care to HIV-infected patients with referrals for:
- Psychiatric care
- Dental care
- Nutrition counseling
- Ophthalmology care
- Other medical and surgical specialties
What to expect
The standard treatment for HIV is a combination of antiretroviral medications. Antiretroviral medications slow the rate at which the virus multiplies. Taking these medications, as directed by your provider, can reduce the amount of virus in your blood and help you stay healthy.
The decision to start antiretroviral medication depends on your health, your lab results (CD4 count and viral load), and your symptoms. Starting medication is an individualized decision that should be discussed between the patient and the provider. Learn more about what to expect at your first appointment.
It is important that you learn as much as you can about HIV infection and take an active role in your treatment. Your provider will be available to answer questions and find the best treatment plan for you. You may also want to consider joining an HIV support group, where members can share information and common experiences.
Why choose Nebraska Medicine
The team with the Nebraska Medicine and University of Nebraska Medical Center HIV Program has provided clinical care to patients infected with HIV for more than 20 years since the beginning of the epidemic. The HIV Program staff educates health care professionals as the Nebraska AIDS Education and Training Center (NAETC).
We accept most forms of insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. Patients in managed care insurance programs are urged to consult their primary care physicians for a referral before making an appointment. We provide an array of support services including financial assistance through the Ryan White program.
Patients are seen by appointment only, though every effort is made to see patients with acute problems as soon as possible.
New patient information
Whether you are newly diagnosed or transferring care from another provider, we want you to feel welcome and well-supported. We want you to know that you can live a long, healthy life with HIV and that you are not alone.View More
Support during treatment
The HIV Program Client Services Team (CST) provides brief intervention and support for patients. They are here to help reduce barriers you may face getting into care, staying in care, taking your medications and coping with chronic illness.View More
Paying for care
If you are uninsured or having trouble with out-of-pocket costs related to your outpatient care, please contact the Ryan White Program at 402.836.9181.View More
Ryan White assistance
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS program is a federal program that provides HIV-related health services.View More
Frequently asked questions about HIV
What is HIV? What is AIDS? Learn how HIV is spread and prevention measures.View More
Meet the HIV team
Learn more about our physicians, pharmacists and support staff who will help coordinate your care.View More
Here are some external resources our team recommends.View More
Here are some external resources our team recommends for providers.View More