Frequently Asked Questions

Many residents, prospective residents, and their families and friends have questions about Broadway House and the HIV/AIDS virus. This page is a resource where you can find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Yes, but the financial arrangements will be the resident’s responsibility.

Yes, but your doctor will have to agree to be available on call 24 hours.

The Broadway House Department of Social Services is here to help with every aspect of your discharge. Through our Discharge for Life program we’ll make sure you reenter your community safely, with shelter, job training and placement, as well as help obtaining entitlement programs such as Medicaid or Social Security.

You’ll need clothing, cigarettes, and special toiletry items that are not provided through our facility. However, Broadway House receives lots of donations such as clothes, shoes and coats which residents are encouraged to take.

We have a non-denominational chaplain on staff, along with a variety of volunteer church groups.

We take Medicaid, Medicare, Private Pay, and Private Insurance.

The Broadway House policy is two people to a room, unless special medical circumstances require a patient to need a single room.

Yes, visits from friends and family are actively encouraged.

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is caused by infection of the virus called human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.

HIV is a blood-borne virus that is transmitted by sexual contact (intercourse, oral sex, anal sex) and blood-to-blood contact. In addition, infected pregnant women can transmit HIV to their babies during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast feeding. The virus destroys an individual’s immune system so that their body is more susceptible to a wide range of infections and cancers.

Individuals with HIV are diagnosed as having an HIV infection. The majority of these persons will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection.

The following body fluids have been proven to spread HIV:

  • Blood
  • Semen
  • Vaginal fluid
  • Breast milk
  • Other body fluids containing blood

Additional body fluids that may transmit the virus include:

  • Fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord
  • Fluid surrounding bone joints
  • Fluid surrounding an unborn baby

The following may be warning signs of infection with HIV:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Dry cough
  • Recurring fever
  • Profuse night sweats
  • Profound, unexplained fatigue
  • Swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin or neck
  • Diarrhea that lasts for more than a week
  • White spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, mouth or throat
  • Pneumonia
  • Red, brown, pink or purplish blotches on or under the skin, or inside the mouth, nose or eyelids

Though these are all considered to be common symptoms for HIV, they may be related to other illnesses. The only way to determine whether you have the HIV virus is to be tested for HIV infection.

A person with HIV may or may not look sick. People infected with the virus often look and feel healthy in the early stages of HIV infection. Actually, infected individuals can carry the virus for several years before they become sick. Keep in mind however, an infected person can pass the virus to others whether they look sick or not.

No. The amount of HIV present in saliva is insufficient to cause infection.

No. HIV is not transmitted by day-to-day social contact; it is not transmitted by shaking hands, using public toilets, or being around AIDS patients who sneeze or cough. HIV is not airborne, water-borne nor food-borne. In fact, the HIV virus cannot survive long outside the body.

Open-mouthed kissing is considered to be a very low-risk activity for transmission of HIV. However, opens sores or cuts within the mouth increase this risk.

Studies have shown that latex condoms are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV when used consistently and properly. Latex condoms have been shown to be 99% effective in preventing HIV transmission.

  • Routine use of barriers, such as sterile gloves, when in contact with blood or body fluids.
  • Thorough washing of hands and other skin surfaces directly following contact with blood or body fluids.
  • Careful handling and disposal of sharp instruments, such as needle sticks, during and after use.