ACRIA was founded in 1991 by a group of physicians, activists, and people living with HIV who were frustrated by the slow pace of government and academic AIDS research. Today, in addition to our clinical and behavioral research, our HIV Health Literacy Program (HHLP) also offers HIV capacity building, technical assistance, trainings, and workshops to a whole range of AIDS and other community-based organizations throughout New York City and State, and in communities large and small all across the country. Our technical assistance and capacity building equip these groups to integrate HIV prevention, healthcare, and treatment education information into the services they provide their own HIV-positive and at-risk clients.
Our HIV health literacy activities have likewise grown to include the publication of unique booklets, each addressing a different key topic in HIV healthcare. Our library includes Treatment Issues for Women, Managing Drug Side Effects, Viral Hepatitis & HIV, Understanding Your Lab Results, and Older Adults & HIV, among others. Additionally, our treatment and health literacy quarterly, ACHIEVE, is distributed to tens of thousands of people living with HIV and their caregivers each year, helping them to make smart, informed decisions and stay healthy.