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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
CALIFORNIA: Tenderloin Health AIDS Care to Close
Victoria Colliver
January 6, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle (01.06.12) - Friday, January 06, 2012

Tenderloin Health's board of directors announced Thursday that the San Francisco facility will close within months. The center cares for low-income and homeless persons at risk of HIV/AIDS; it serves about 250 medical and 500 dental patients, 750 housing clients, and 1,400 people annually in need of HIV prevention and testing. Existing debt, the bad economy, and the loss of federal funds led the board to shut down the facility, said David Fernandez, its CEO since 2009. The merger of two health care providers, Continuum HIV Day Services and Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, created Tenderloin Health in 2006. Fernandez said the facility will remain open until new providers are identified for its existing clients.