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Texas: Clinic Building a Health Care Legacy

February 14, 2006

The Montrose Clinic, the first facility to offer free anonymous HIV testing in Houston, has changed its name to Legacy Community Health Services and broadened its clientele. Now marketing itself as a full-service community clinic for the uninsured, the facility at 215 Westheimer will continue to serve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender patients and care for the straight, uninsured HIV-negative workers in the neighborhood's restaurants, hair and nail salons.

Since the advent of antiretroviral therapy, lack of access to medical care has replaced HIV/AIDS as the clinic's most pressing health concern, although Executive Director Katy Caldwell said, "We're not forsaking the gay community." Clinic co-founder and activist Ray Hill said, "I think the changes are indicative of the progress we have made. We've grown up."

The clinic, founded in 1978, currently offers primary care, an eye clinic, chiropractic care and referrals to housing and food pantries. It is adding a Walgreen's pharmacy inside, family planning and a medical care for children. HIV-positive children, however, will be referred to Texas Children's Hospital.

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The facility serves more than 15,000 men, women and teens each year. Caldwell expects to see 5,000 to 7,500 more patients in the next 18 months. Most of them, she predicts, will be children needing primary care and young adults in search of family-planning services.

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Adapted from:
Houston Chronicle
02.10.06; Leigh Hopper


  
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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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