As sad as this truth is, this story isn’t uncommon. And we want to change that.
In our work with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, we’ve learned a lot about the scale of the problem: 1 in 3 people living with HIV in the Unites States is not on regular HIV treatment.1
That’s why these SPOCs are so essential. With 150 million people passing through our doors each week, we have a unique opportunity to reach people who might not otherwise have access to or feel comfortable seeking HIV care. Located conveniently and discreetly inside a Walmart pharmacy, our SPOCs help people living with HIV manage every aspect of their condition, right where they’re already shopping for their everyday essentials. From discussing treatment options to conversations around mental health to sharing resources and helping navigate insurance options, we’re committed to holistic care.
“Our pharmacists work with the patient’s prescribers to partner on a treatment plan that is best for them,” Aleata explains. “Our pharmacists are an integral part of a patient’s care team – and that’s exactly how our pharmacy teams are trained.”
We’re proud of our progress, but we believe there’s more to be accomplished. Next year, we plan to expand our focus to autoimmune conditions, including skin, joint and gastrointestinal conditions. With each SPOC launched, and each pharmacist or technician trained, we’re learning and growing toward even better care in the future.
Click here for a full list of our SPOC locations to learn more about HIV testing and community services near you.
1. U.S. Statistics: Living With HIV. https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/data-and-trends/statistics