Welcome to APO
AIDS Project of the Ozarks (APO) is a non-profit community-based organization serving a 29 county region in southwest Missouri. APO currently serves over 700 clients with HIV/AIDS and their families. Concerned families and friends established the organization as a grass roots entity in 1983. Services include: medical care, case management, education to the general public, and services to persons with HIV infection, their families and significant others in a confidential, caring environment. We also offer primary medical care to those who are not HIV positive, in a safe inclusive environment.
APO will not discriminate against any individual or group based on race, creed, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, as a matter of moral principle and in accordance with applicable State and Federal Regulations
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update from APO
During the current COVID-19 or Coronavirus health concerns, APO recognizes that situations can rapidly change. Each day we are monitoring the guidance from the CDC and the local and state health departments. Here are two great links to help you stay up-to-date.
For patients of APO:
In order to protect all patients and staff, we ask anyone with respiratory symptoms to not come into the clinic with active illness/symptoms (fever of 100.4 + and Cough).
If you are having these symptoms please stay home or go the the Emergency Room to be evaluated.
If you have tested positive for influenza (the flu) and are following up after being seen at the E.R. please call to make an appointment. A nurse will evaluate you over the phone to:
* Determine level of illness
* Make possible referrals
* Schedule you into the APO clinic.
There is no treatment for Coronavirus currently and we at APO do not have test kits to test for Coronavirus at this time.
Continue to use good hygiene and hand washing techniques, use hand sanitizer, and wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms.
In order to ensure the safety of our clients and staff, APO Downtown will be closed until further notice.
Starting Thursday, March 19th, APO’s Main Office at 1636 S. Glenstone will be offering testing BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We are temporarily suspending walk-in testing to ensure the safety of our clients and staff due to COVID-19/coronavirus. This will allow us to limit the number of people in our lobby while still providing access to testing. Please call us at 417-881-1900 to discuss your testing needs and schedule an appointment.
HIV testing will continue to be available for anyone with an appointment, however Syphilis, Gonorrhea & Chlamydia testing will be restricted to those who are experiencing symptoms, those who have had direct contact with someone with Syphilis, Gonorrhea or Chlamydia, and pregnant individuals. We will continue to provide treatment for those who have received positive results or have documentation of the positive results of a partner.
Condoms are still available and can be picked up at the APO Main Office.
However, we ask that if you have:
– had a fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, symptoms of lower respiratory illness (coughing, difficulty breathing) in the last 14 days,
– had contact with someone who has the coronavirus,
– traveled or picked someone up from the airport in the last 14 days,
that you do not come into our main office and instead quarantine yourself at home for 2 weeks or until you’ve had no fever for 48 hours.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all adjust to these changes.
Please continue to check our webpage or Facebook page or call the APO Main Office at 417-881-1900 for the latest updates on our office hours and available services.
If you have had contact with someone who has COVID-19/coronavirus, or suspect you might have contracted it, Cox Health is offering free virtual evaluations at https://www.coxhealth.com/coronavirus/.
You can also call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 24hr Coronavirus Hotline at 877-435-8411.
For the current information on coronavirus please visit https://www.springfieldmo.gov/5068/Coronavirus.
APO’s next board meeting will be held on March 24th 2020 at 6:30 pm. The meetings will be held at 1636 S Glenstone, Ste 100, Springfield, MO 65804. Future 2020 Board Meeting dates are as follows: May 26th, July 28th, September 22nd, and November 24th.