New Mississippi HIV Care Resource from AHF Opening in Jackson

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is opening its newest U.S. Healthcare Center in Jackson on September 30 – the facility offers access to advice from HIV experts, as well as confidential, affordable treatment and care options for people living with HIV in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is opening its newest domestic Healthcare Center on Monday, September 30 in Jackson, Mississippi. The facility will offer advice from HIV experts and opportunities for client-centered, specialized treatment and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Clients will receive medical care from Michelle Ellis, ARNP under the direction of Dr. Thomas Dobbs with help from Community Outreach Manager Scott Carson.

AHF JACKSON HEALTHCARE CENTER

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: (877) 470 – 8071

AHF Healthcare Centers aim to decrease the number of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses by providing a solid circle of care: first, free HIV testing is provided to allow people to be aware of their status and learn about an HIV-positive diagnosis early, when treatment is most effective; next, those who do test positive for the virus are immediately linked into care – regardless of ability to pay – through the Center and are offered treatment options in addition to counseling and education on living well with HIV; finally, clients are supported through ongoing follow-ups and treatment accessibility to ensure they can easily remain on a health regimen that will keep their viral loads low to undetectable, thus extending life expectancies and reducing the risk of transmission.

Hinds County in western Mississippi, where Jackson is located, reported the highest number of HIV infections in 2012 with 126 new cases in that county alone, according to the Mississippi Department of State Health. More than half of the people living with HIV in Hinds County are not currently receiving care.

Of the new 2012 cases reported throughout Mississippi, men accounted for 428 – or 78%, four times the rate of women – and the most impacted age group was people between 25 – 44 years of age, who accounted for 43% of the diagnoses. African Americans accounted for 75% of the newly reported 2012 infections (411 cases), a rate 6 times higher than that of Caucasians.

AHF operates more than 20 Healthcare Centers throughout the United States – in Florida, California, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C. – 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.

About AHF

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to over 230,000 individuals in 31 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @AIDSHealthcare

Contact:
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Ged Kenslea, +1-323-308-1833
mobile: 323-791-5526
ged.kenslea@aidshealth.org
or
Scott Carson, +1-877-470-8071

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