Virginia: AIDS/HIV Services Group Adds Primary Care Services
March 28, 2014
This article was reported by NBC29.
NBC29 reported that the AIDS/HIV Services Group (ASG) had opened a new healthcare clinic, Thrive, in downtown Charlottesville, Va., adding primary care to their existing services. For 30 years, ASG has supplied HIV services including testing and screening, therapy, transportation, and housing assistance for the Charlottesville community. By adding a full-time nurse practitioner who could treat most people 16 and older, ASG now would offer a continuum of care for healthcare, spiritual, and social needs.
Chief Executive Officer Peter DeMartino stated that the Affordable Care Act made ASG's expansion into healthcare possible. DeMartino hoped that the addition of healthcare services would reduce the stigma of coming to the Thrive clinic, because no one would know whether a client was there for healthcare or HIV services. Many of the same health promotion strategies applied to people with a range of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, or HIV, according to DeMartino. Thrive Nurse Practitioner Elke Zschaebitz emphasized that the clinic's personalized care focused on wellness and aimed to keep clients healthy.
Thrive did not require clients to have health insurance, but did provide certified application counselors who could help people enroll in Obamacare. The deadline to start the Obamacare insurance application process for 2014 is Monday, March 31.
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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