Holiday Message

Published: December 22, 2021

Hello Friends, Fans and Members of the Extended MAO Family!

Happy Holidays!

In observance of the Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year holiday period, our regular schedule of operations will experience some interruptions. Please make note of the following as you plan out your interactions with our team members. We apologize for any inconvenience. Should you need emergency care during these times, we encourage you to call 911 or visit your closest hospital emergency room.

Thursday, December 23 – Sites Close at 4:40 PM
Friday, December 24 – Closed
Monday, December 27 – Closed

Tuesday, December 28 & Wednesday, December 29 – Open Regular Hours
Thursday, December 30 – Sites Close at 4:30 PM
Friday, December 31 – Closed

Our Special Message to You!

2021 has been another year of change for us and many of you. We find ourselves continuing to work to end multiple pandemics, HIV, COVID-19, STIs and opioid addiction. As overwhelming as these times may seem, never give up hope because, with hope and by working together, great things are possible.

Although there remains much to be done, through advancements in medical science, more people living with HIV are in treatment and receiving care. This is giving way to a better overall quality of life for many and a greater appreciation for the meaning of Undetectable Equals Untransmittable.

By adhering to HIV treatment, more and more people are finding themselves in a state of managed HIV and living with undetectable levels of the virus. Put simply, when you are undetectable you cannot pass HIV on to others. Efforts to find a cure continue, THANKFULLY, but, to date, there remains no cure for HIV. If you have not been tested, PLEASE GET TESTED! If you have tested positive for HIV and not already in care, allow MAO to help as we enter 2022.

Prevention efforts are equally important to the End the HIV Epidemic Plan and we will be ramping up our efforts to educate people at risk for HIV about PrEP and how they can get it in 2022. In addition to the existing one pill a day treatment options, are you aware that the FDA just approved an injectable form of PrEP that can be administered every two months?

STIs also continue to present a growing concern in the US and in Alabama. STIs are now considered #6 in the list of major health concerns in the State of Alabama. As in the case of HIV, the best action to take is to get tested. Fortunately, Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) offers rapid HIV testing for free in all of its South Alabama locations and in the community. You can even request an at-home, self-test HIV kit from our Education & Training Department. Additionally, MAO now offers STI testing AND treatment at the MAO Wellness Center in Montgomery for a low flat fee.

COVID-19 and its variants have been ravaging our friends, family and neighbors for much of the last two years and vaccinations and the continuation of practices to reduce risk for exposure remain our best strategy to slowing transmission, reducing the severity of associated illness and deaths, removing congestion in our hospitals, and general protecting people with existing health problems. If you have not received your COVID-19 vaccination or booster, call MAO at (800) 510-4704 and speak with a member of our Clinic Team in Montgomery. We may be able to vaccinate you there or at one of our community “Pop-up Clinics”. You can also check out other COVID-related information on this site.

MAO will be announcing several new services and programs in 2022 that are only possible thanks to our individual donors and grant-solicitation efforts. If you have not already, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to MAO. Click on the Donate button at the top of the page or text supportmao to (334) 373-4168. The 2,000-plus people who rely on MAO for life-saving care and services thank you.

From everyone at MAO may this holiday season and the New Year open the doors to good health and overall prosperity.