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They’re called AIDS Service Organizations, but they’re about living a healthy life with HIV, too.

ASO services & programs

The ASO you go to may be a small office with a few professionals, or it might be large, or attached to a medical office. Whatever it looks like, your ASO is a place you can go to for a lot of different kinds of help and support. ASOs give free services to people living with or affected by HIV. Here are just some of the many things they can help people with HIV find:

  • Financial assistance
  • Housing
  • Food assistance


  • Education
  • HIV testing
  • Treatment & prevention
  • Mental health support
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Support for families & partners

Who’s at the ASO?

A survey of ASOs in NY found that one of the main reasons people choose to work as an ASO Professional is a desire to help people living with HIV.

Who is Ryan White and why do we CARE?

Ryan White is a name you’ll probably hear in ASOs. That’s because back in 1984, when Ryan White was diagnosed with HIV, he and his mom began to fight for the rights of people with HIV. In 1990, Congress passed the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act. And today, ASOs use this Act to help a lot of their clients get healthcare coverage.

Sharing Strength
With Others

  • Peer counseling
  • Community groups
  • HIV walks
  • Community outreach
  • Hotline volunteer
  • ASO volunteer
  • HIV test counselor

There are healthcare providers who are HIV experts, and who can help you understand HIV and how to treat it.