AIDS Care Project

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The AIDS Care Project (ACP) provides free acupuncture for people living with HIV/AIDS. Treatment is provided in a traditional group setting by licensed acupuncturists with specialized HIV training. The project began in 1988 and grew quickly as clients spread the word about the effectiveness of acupuncture in dealing with HIV/AIDS-related symptoms. By 1999, ACP had grown from one small clinic to one large main clinic and eleven satellite locations throughout Massachusetts. ACP works in communities where HIV disease is prevalent to insure equal access to treatment, to provide appropriate care, and to educate the public and healthcare providers about the effects that traditional East Asian medicine has on HIV/AIDS.

Goal / Mission

The goal of the AIDS Care Project is to provide acupuncture therapy to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Results / Accomplishments

Since 1990 ACP has provided over 80,000 acupuncture and herbal treatments to people living with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts, and now provides over 10,000 treatments a year. ACP has become a national model in the field of public health and continues to grow. With a staff of over 25, it is the largest public health clinic for complementary therapies and HIV in the nation.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Keku'i Ledward, Director of Administration
142 Berkeley St, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 859-3036 Ext 29
Health / Alternative Medicine
Health / Immunizations & Infectious Diseases
Health / Other Chronic Diseases
Pathways to Wellness
Date of publication
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Boston, MA
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