Every donation could save a life and improve another.

Published: February 1, 2021

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Donations help Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) respond to the complex needs of so many. Consider South Alabama through the eyes of someone living with a potentially life-threatening illness, particularly HIV. Now, consider adding COVID-19 to their lives.

What if that person was you? Do you even know you are living with HIV? Or, have you felt sicker over time and found it harder to recover from colds and illnesses? Do you need medical care, but worried about who will know? What if you got laid off and couldn’t afford life-sustaining care? What if you knew that your unborn child could be at risk without treatment? What if you couldn’t afford food and your medication? What if you were sick and homeless? For most of us, such worries result in added stress. What if your diagnosis could be traced back to periods of abuse? Talking with a counselor may help, but what if you can’t afford counseling? What if you don’t have insurance? Or, can’t afford the co-pays?

According to the CDC, The Body.com and other sources, routine medical treatment and monthly medications for someone living with HIV/AIDS can range from $2,000 to $5,000 per month or $24,000 to $60,000 per year if no insurance coverage exists. Additionally, the same sources estimate that nearly 500,000 people living with HIV will require some form of housing assistance in their lifetime. Who would you turn to if you had HIV and were living on the street? What about food? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for a single person between the ages of 19 and 50, a low-cost grocery estimate can average $209.90 to $241.80 per month. How much do you spend on groceries each month?

For almost 34 years, Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO), has remained committed to helping people living with HIV and other potentially life-threatening illnesses get the compassion and care they need. Through direct medical, dental and behavioral health care, specialty pharmacy services, case management and social services, counseling, food, housing, and transportation assistance, MAO saves lives, one person at a time. Thanks to innovative use of telemedicine technology, care is even possible in the most rural areas. Furthermore, when and where education is needed, MAO is there to elevate knowledge and promote awareness. Testing is made convenient and free.

To continue our work, MAO needs your support. The more than 2,000 in MAO’s care and the thousands who are just beginning to understand their risks need you. Your donations to MAO cover what grants and insurances do not. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to MAO’s General Fund Fund. The Fund helps support the needs of today and MAO’s ability to remain committed to compassion and care in the future.

Make your donations online today, by mail, or in person at MAO’s full-service locations in Montgomery and Dothan. You could be helping someone you know, someone you love, or saving the life of someone who just might, some day, donate something remarkable to the world. We have faith you will help us continue saving lives.

During the COVID-19 crisis, safety precautions will be in place to assess potential symptoms prior to gaining access to any MAO facility to prevent possible exposure by clients with weakened immune systems.

Thank you for your generosity.

The Board, staff and volunteers of Medical Advocacy & Outreach.

P.S. If you cannot make a direct financial contribution at this time, don’t forget you can also add your support in other ways. Consider shopping for yourself through Amazon Smile and Until There’s A Cure; shopping for the Moms of Hope and Angela’s Closet through the Walmart and Amazon Baby Registries; or donating new/unopened safer sex supplies to the ongoing Love Glove Campaign and non-perishable food to the MAO Food Pantry.