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John T. Carey Special Immunology Unit

Supportive Services for HIV Community

Chronic illness can cause significant emotional distress, including anxiety and depression. The staff at the John T. Carey Special Immunology Unit realizes the importance of the HIV community being able to connect with one another. We offer a variety of group settings where patients can come together in a safe environment to share concerns and fears and ask questions.

Support Groups and Events

Find out about upcoming group gatherings and events:

Calendar of Events


Learn More About Supportive Services

For more information about any of our supportive service programs, please call us at 216-844-7895.

Free Zone

A group called “Free Zone” is held every month at the SIU for patient socialization and dinner. Experienced and new patients with HIV meet to talk about different issues. Call the SIU to find the current month schedule.

Rules for the group are as follows:

  • You must be HIV+ to participate. If you are not HIV+, you are not allowed to attend. Any other guests will be by invitation only and decided by the group.
  • Feel free to just hang out or talk about issues you know about or are dealing with.
  • Participants are required to respect confidentiality of everyone – anything talked about, including who came to the event, remains at the event.
  • Respect participants. We are coming together from all different backgrounds, walks of life, beliefs, etc. Our goal is to help each other with the one thing we have in common: being HIV+.


The staff at the SIU is passionate about reaching out to the community to provide education on the different aspects of the disease, transmission and risk reduction. Educating individuals is the key to reducing infection rates. Please contact us if you would like a staff member to speak at a professional meeting, health fair or other event free of charge.

HIV Support Groups

The SIU offers a variety of support and therapeutic groups for patients. To learn more about these groups, please call 216-844-5316.

Patient Advisory Group

A group of active patients meets monthly to advise and assist the SIU staff to ensure provision of patient-centered, high-quality, and culturally competent care. If you are interested in participating in the Patient Advisory Group, call 216-844-2463.

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