AHF Opens New Hyde Park Healthcare Center and Remote Access Pharmacy on May 11th

AHF facility will offer state-of-the-art medical care, including
specialty pharmacy services, to people living with HIV/AIDS

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AHFAIDS
Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
will host a grand opening and
ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday May 11th, 11
am – 1 pm
for its new AHF
Healthcare Center
and AHF
Pharmacy
Remote Consultation Site in Hyde Park located at 1515
E. 52nd Place, Suite 206, Chicago IL 60615.
Both the AHF Healthcare
Center and AHF Pharmacy will operate on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m.

WHAT:   RIBBON-CUTTING & DEDICATION—New, free AHF HIV clinic and AHF Pharmacy

Remote Consultation Site to open in Hyde Park

 
WHEN:

WEDNESDAY, May 11th 2016 —11:00
a.m.

 
WHERE:

AHF Healthcare Center/Hyde Park & AHF Pharmacy Remote Consultation
Site

1515 E. 52nd Place
Suite 206
Chicago, IL 60615
WHO:

Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation President

Dr. Kaleo Staszkow, AHF Healthcare Center Medical
Director

Donna Tempesta, VP – Northern Region and Finance, AHF

Tracy Jones, AHF National Advocacy Campaign Manager

— Invited guests include: 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King; 5th Ward
Alderman Leslie Hairston; State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie;
State Representative Christian Mitchell; State Senator Kwame Raoul.

“We are excited to expand AHF’s services in the Chicago area with the
opening of our newest healthcare center and access pharmacy in Hyde
Park,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “Under the
leadership of Dr. Kaleo Staszkow, who also oversees our AHF Healthcare
Center at 2600 South Michigan Avenue, our new Hyde Park clinic location
and access pharmacy aims to make it easier for people living with
HIV/AIDS in Chicago to access quality medical care and get the
medications they need to be healthy and productive.”

AHF Healthcare Centers aim to decrease the number of new HIV/AIDS
diagnoses by providing:

  • Free HIV testing so people can be aware of their status;
  • Immediate linkage into care – regardless of ability to pay – for those
    who test positive; and
  • Support through ongoing follow-ups to ensure adherence to a health
    regimen that will ultimately extend life expectancies and reduce the
    risk of transmission.

According to City of Chicago’s 2015
HIV/STI Surveillance Report
, Chicago has seen a 3 percent annual
decrease in new HIV diagnoses, and the number of new HIV infection
diagnoses fell in 2014, down by 48 percent from 2001. While Chicago is
ahead of the nation in linking newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals
to care and ultimately to viral suppression, new HIV infection diagnoses
in 2014 were highest among those who identify as male (83.2%), were
reported as MSM (78.3%), and were 30 years of age or older at diagnosis.
Non-Hispanic (NH) Blacks, which account for nearly 1/3 of Chicago’s
population, represented over 50% of prevalent cases, new infection
diagnoses, and new AIDS diagnoses.

In February 2015, AHF announced its affiliation with the South
Side Help Center
, a community-based organization that has provided
critical services to HIV-positive individuals since 1987. AHF’s
Healthcare Center located at 2600 South Michigan Ave., Suite LL-D also
opened last February.

AHF operates 46 Healthcare Centers throughout the United States – in
Florida, California, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, South
Carolina, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Nevada, Washington, D.C. and
the state of Washington – and many more in the countries where AHF works
throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. More information
about Healthcare Center services and locations can be found at www.hivcare.org.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
611,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org,
find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth
and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare
and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Contacts

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director,
Communications
+1.323.308.1833 work
+1.323.791.5526 mobile
gedk@aidshealth.org
or
Christopher
Johnson,
Associate Director of Communications
+1.323.960.4846
work
+1.310.880.9913 mobile
christopher.johnson@aidshealth.org