HIV/AIDS continues to be a presence in the lives of many people, either as a health condition, something that impacts a family member/loved one, or a potential factor. As much as anything, HIV/AIDS is as much a psycho-social condition as it is a health condition. Stigma, fear, silence and lack of education all impact on both the prospects of living healthy and responsibly with HIV and the efforts to prevent the spread of HIV.
Even the process of knowing one has HIV can be intimidating. Testing clinics are not always readily available, have limited hours, and for some, just entering into a setting like that can raise anxiety. Whether it is testing, education, support, or simply negotiating HIV in one's life and/or relationships, I can help.
I have over 20 years of working with people around these issues, including how to live healthy, to negotiate medication and nutrition, and how to inquire about the status of potential partners. In addition, with the advent of the option of self-administered rapid tests, HIV-testing can now be done in the setting of one's choice, and I welcome all who wish to consider that option. As a community service, I offer a one-time pro-bono session for anyone who wishes to find out his/her status in a safe environment and without the usual pre-test questionnaires.
The Mosaic Initiative is an organization I founded in 2005 and continues to this day. It is a grassroots voice that seeks to support individuals and communities in compassionately stopping the spread of HIV while supporting those living with HIV. See more at www.mosaicinitiative.org. I also serve on the Community Advisory Group for the HIV Prevention Trials Network Testing/Linkage to Care program for the CDC/NIH, and on the Washington DC HIV Prevention Planning Group. So whether it is HIV-testing, support, or clinical consultation for professionals, I can help.
Brad Ogilvie Counseling
102 N. Cross St., Unit 4A
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 301 2575348
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District of Columbia DOH LMFT000062
IL LCPC License
NPI # 1144342494
I am available for sessions weekday mornings, afternoons and evenings by appointment only.
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