See what your dollars can do:

$3.00 provides an all day bus pass for someone living with HIV.

$4.75 provides 25 pounds of food for an individual living with HIV through our agency services.

$9.50 provides 50 pounds of food for a household of 2 or more through our agency services (at least one person in household is HIV positive).

$150 provides eye glasses for someone living with HIV that does not have optical insurance coverage.

$250 provides a medical appointment for a medical provider to treat someone newly diagnosed.

$262 provides preliminary costs of CD4 and viral load lab draw for a client without insurance.

$1000 provides emergency housing for two months for someone living with HIV.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Northeast Indiana Positive Resource Connection is to prevent new cases of HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis and STDs and advance a compassionate and stigma-free community response.

The Positive Resource Connection proudly serves the following counties in Northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.
What is HIV/AIDS? | Print |

What are the facts about HIV & AIDS?
HIV - HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. The virus spreads from person to person through blood-to-blood and sexual contact. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection or are HIV-positive. Some people may develop flu like symptoms within a few weeks after becoming infected. Usually there are no symptoms for HIV and symptoms can take anywhere between 7 to 10 years to occur. Once symptoms begin to appear, people with HIV may be progressing to the AIDS stage of the disease. Scientist estimate that about half of people with HIV will develop AIDS within 10 years after becoming infected. People with HIV can still infect others even with no symptoms. Anyone is at risk for HIV regardless of age, race, gender, or sexual orientation and the only way for someone to know if they are infected with HIV is to get an HIV antibody test.

AIDS - AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the result of HIV infection. By the time people with HIV develop AIDS, the virus has damaged the immune system. Once the immune system is damaged, people with HIV are vulnerable to diseases that people with a healthy immune system usually can resist or control, such as certain pneumonias, and thrush, or recurrences of childhood infections. People with AIDS may also suffer from certain cancers rarely found among people with healthy immune systems. Because HIV affects the brain and other organs in the body, people with AIDS may have trouble with movement, memory, and body functions. Not everyone with HIV has AIDS.

How does HIV work?
HIV attacks the body's defenses. After entering the body, the virus starts to damage T-cells and other white blood cells that defend against other infections. Without these cells, the body's defenses cannot function properly. Once the virus has entered the body, the virus multiplies and starts to infect organs, damaging other body systems. A few weeks after HIV infection, people may develop symptoms similar to those of the flu or mononucleosis. This period may last a week or so. Thereafter, most people will be symptom free anywhere between 7 to 10 years. Once people with HIV develop AIDS, they may get illness that people with a healthy immune system usually can resist. People in the AIDS stage may experience motor and memory difficulties, wasting syndrome, and general weakening of body functions. Only a doctor can diagnosis someone with AIDS by measuring their T-cell count, which gives a picture of the strength or weakness of the body's defense. If someone with HIV has a T-cell count of 200 to 500, they are immune compromised. Someone with a T-cell count below 200 will be diagnosed with AIDS. Doctors will also look for other signs that the body's defenses are damaged such as cancers or other illnesses that usually attack only people with a compromised immune system.

 

Food Pantry

We are always in need of non-perishable goods for our food pantry: soup, canned fruits & vegetables, pasta, sauce, peanut butter, canned meats, rice, hot cereal, and toiletries.

Please drop off groceries at the office any weekday between 8:30AM and 5PM. Thank you!

Getting Here

The Positive Resource Connection is located at 525 Oxford Street, Fort Wayne, IN. Please click here for driving directions or for the Citilink bus schedule.

Disclaimer

Since HIV is spread primarily through sexual practices or sharing needles, prevention messages on this site may address those topics. HIV prevention materials funded by CDC must be approved by local program review panels, however the materials may be considered graphic by some viewers.