South Beach site is 4th in Florida
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation last weekend opened its South Beach Wellness Center—its ninth Wellness Center in the U.S.— which offers free sexually-transmitted disease (STD) screenings, including HIV testing.
The newest location is at a specialized clinic on the floor above the Out of the Closet Thrift Store at 1510 Alton Rd. in Miami Beach. The facility will be open on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Visit www.freestdcheck.org, or call1-877-259-8727 for more information.
The AHF Wellness Centers are designed to make testing for STDs accessible, convenient and affordable, as well as to encourage regular sexual health screenings as part of routine health care for all sexually-active people. Services offered include: free Chlamydia screening and treatment; free gonorrhea screening and treatment; free syphilis screening and treatment; vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B at cost and free HIV testing and linkage to care, if needed.
“We are pleased to be opening this latest AHF Wellness Center in the South Beach area—our fourth in Florida—offering free and low-cost services to the community,” said Albert Ruiz, Deputy Director, Public Health Division, AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
“Our hope is that by offering these services in a friendly, non-threatening venue that is also accessible and affordable, more people in South Beach will consider sexual health screenings a regular part of their health maintenance – like going to the gym and getting a yearly check-up at the dentist. There is effective treatment for most STDs, so it truly is better to know your status – for your health and for the health of your partner or partners.”
In addition to the new South Beach location, AHF operates Wellness Centers in Fort Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Wilton Manors and Pensacola. The organization also operates sites in California and Washington D.C.
AHF is the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 125,000 individuals in 26 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe.
In Florida, AHF serves more than 15,000 Floridians living with HIV/AIDS through a variety of programs, including free HIV testing and prevention programs; HIV/AIDS health care centers located in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Jacksonville, eight AHF Pharmacies located throughout the state, a statewide disease management program; and its Positive Healthcare Managed Care program.