The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) opened its new Magic Johnson Healthcare Center at the Fort Worth AIDS Outreach Center (AOC) on Aug. 13 and began client intake the next day. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit operates clinics in four states and Washington, D.C., as well as 26 other countries.
AHF Regional Director Adam Ouderkirk said the organization's goal is to provide AIDS care where services are lacking, not to compete with existing agencies.
AOC Executive Director Allan Gould said the two organizations found they had similar philosophies. "We're working hand-in-hand," he said. "We offer services they don't offer, and they fulfill a need we've had for some time." He said the new clinic fills a void for some of the clients of AIDS Services of Rural Texas, which closed last summer. According to Gould, the clinic will benefit those in rural settings who are uncomfortable discussing HIV with doctors who have limited HIV experience. "We hope to relieve an overburdened and stressed-out system," Gould added.
In conjunction with the clinic's opening, AHF's "Condom Nation" 18-wheeler completed its 40-city, 25-state tour in Fort Worth. The specially equipped big-rig tested 4,400 people, gave away 10 million condoms and provided safer-sex information, in conjunction with local partners.
AHF is close to opening another area clinic -- at Medical City in North Dallas, according to Ouderkirk. He also is talking to groups in Austin and San Antonio, where he said there is a growing need for services.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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