Georgia Voice (Atlanta) (05.11.12) - Friday, May 11, 2012
AIDS Healthcare Foundation and basketball great and HIV/AIDS
activist Earvin "Magic" Johnson later this month will open a
"one-stop shop" for Atlantans living with HIV, said Dawn
Averill, associate development director for AHF. The clinic at
1700 Hillendale Dr. in Lithonia will feature a physician who
specializes in treatment of the disease, a pharmacy, and a
mobile testing unit, among other services.
"At the clinic, we're going to offer HIV primary care,
laboratory care, hopefully STD screenings and treatments and
an onsite pharmacy that will offer free delivery to anyone in
the area," said Averill. The facility is slated to have a soft
opening on May 16.
The Lithonia location was selected due to research showing a
great need for services in the area, said Averill. "The
percentage of people that are out of care is high," she said.
"You can never have enough care, enough options," Averill
said. While Atlanta already has numerous agencies working
against AIDS, she said the new AHF facility will expand, not
dilute, services for local patients.
On Dec. 1, 2011 - World AIDS Day - the Magic Johnson
Foundation and AHF announced plans to open new clinics in
Atlanta; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Fort Worth, Texas. AHF already
provides HIV/AIDS care to more than 130,000 patients annually
in 22 countries.
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