Be Aware, Be Alive
PASHN (Positive Adherence and Stable Housing Now)
PASHN (Positive Adherence and Stable Housing Now) evolved from a 2002 program developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago, called the Medication Adherence Program Study (MAPS). With a grant from the Pfizer Foundation, the lessons learned from MAPS will be brought to the participants of the PASHN program through peer counselors, helping them not only reach their goals of staying healthy through medication adherence, but helping to stem the spread of HIV through lower transmissible viral loads.
Kevin is an 18-year-old from the South Side of Chicago. His mother had died when he was three years old. Kevin was born infected with HIV. When he signed up with PASHN, he was burned out on following his medication regimen, saying, "I'm tired of taking these pills everyday...This just ain't normal." PASHN partnered him with a counselor who was also a long-term survivor of HIV, who gave him the support and guidance Kevin needed to follow his medication regimen. Kevin was also able to find a job through Chicago House's employment program. The six-month follow-up found Kevin healthy and hopeful about his future.
For more information on the PASHN program, please contact Evany Turk at 773-248-5200 x336.