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Ohio: Out of the Closet Thrift Store Provides HIV Testing

November 8, 2013

This article was reported by the The Lantern (Ohio State Univ).

The Lantern recently reported on a Columbus, Ohio, thrift store that provides more than the sale of used items. The Out of the Closet Thrift Store also provides free HIV and STD testing and a pharmacy, run by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), that can fill HIV medication prescriptions. This is the first thrift store of its kind both in Ohio and the Midwest region of the country; approximately 20 other similar stores exist nationwide, mostly in Florida and California.

The store is a "maiden voyage" for the Midwest, according to Michael Weinstein, AHF president. "In addition to the direct services provided and funds raised at this site," Weinstein said, "we believe it is especially important for us to be coming to Ohio, which became ground zero for many AIDS advocates last year when the state government attempted to save money by diminishing access to lifesaving medications."

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