Anita Schultz, Registered Nurse at The Fortune Society

Fortune Society Aims To Decrease
HIV Infections, Increase Physical Health
Of Clients

Monday, August 17, 2015

With so many demands in life, it’s not uncommon for some Fortune clients to neglect their physical health.

Because physical and mental health are interrelated, the former is something that we help clients address.

Fortune employs a full-time nurse who conducts medical assessments of clients in the 822 Drug Treatment program, the Alternative to Incarceration program, and the Article 31 Mental Health program.

The medical assessments allow the counselors to collaborate with the clients in the treatment planning stage to address any medical concerns. The nurse assists clients with obtaining primary care providers, with medication management, and with medication authorization for clients in The Better Living Center’s Article 31 Mental Health program.

In June 2014, Governor Cuomo developed an initiative to decrease the number of people testing HIV positive in New York State. The first point of the initiative is to identify those individuals with HIV who remain undiagnosed. Currently, the nurse conducts an HIV test for any Fortune client who seeks to know their status – resulting in over 150 tests per year! The client is then able to be tested in three months just in case the initial test was administered while the client was in the window period.

In addition, risky behavior counseling is conducted, and condoms are available at all times. Information is continuously updated regarding Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (OPEP), and Hepatitis C treatment options.

The Fortune Society believes in the importance of addressing all the life areas of each client to allow for a successful and healthy reentry into the community.

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