AIDS Healthcare Foundation's "Out of the Closet" Thrift Opens in South Beach, Fla.
January 20, 2011
Miami's South Beach is the location of AIDS Healthcare Foundation's newest Out of the Closet thrift store. At the Jan. 8 grand opening, AHF offered free HIV testing.
AHF operates 20 additional stores in the chain, which serves as the nation's largest retail fundraising source for HIV/AIDS medical care and research. The new store, at 1510 Alton Rd., joins AHF's other Florida locations in Wilton Manors and on Miami's Biscayne Boulevard.
The South Beach site will offer free HIV testing every Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m., and Monday through Friday, 2-7 p.m. Later this spring, the site will be home to an AHF Pharmacy and AHF Healthcare Center, which provide clients with the medications and specialized care they need to remain healthy.
"The state of Florida is third-highest in the nation as far as cumulative AIDS cases, and there remains an urgent and ongoing need for effective and sustained HIV prevention and education measures," said James Vellequette, associate director of the public health division of AHF's southern bureau.
"Ninety-six cents of every dollar raised through our new South Beach store will benefit [AHF's] HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs in Miami-Dade County and statewide," said Michael Weinstein, the non-profit's president.
South Florida Gay News (Wilton Manors, Fla.)
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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