AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has announced that it is adding another new HIV/AIDS health care center delivering state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS medical care and services to patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, this time, with its first clinic in St. Petersburg, FL, where AHF has been operating an AHF Pharmacy and one of its fundraising Out of the Closet thrift stores since May 2017 and where the need for care and services remains great.
The new AHF Healthcare Center/St. Petersburg will open with a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 25. Located at 3404 26th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711, in the Skyway Marina District, the location already houses a state-of-the-art AHF Pharmacy and offers confidential free, rapid, 1-minute HIV testing. For its initial period of operation, the new AHF Healthcare Center will be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"The need for medical care and services for HIV/AIDS patients in St. Petersburg remains significant, with both Florida and St. Petersburg repeatedly landing at the top of HIV and/or AIDS incidence and rates nationally," said Dr. Jeanette Cancel, AHF Tampa Bay Medical Director, including the new St. Petersburg site as well as the Tampa/Safety Harbor HCC. "I am honored to partner with AHF as we expand the reach in delivering quality care and medical services to HIV/AIDS patients at this new, state-of-the-art facility in St. Petersburg."
"Florida ranked first among the fifty states in the number of HIV diagnoses in 2015, and St. Petersburg ranked fifteen in the top fifteen cities with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses, so there is clearly a tremendous need for accessible, affordable HIV/AIDS medical treatment and services in both Florida and in the Tampa/St. Pete region, in particular," noted Shaundia White, AHF Regional Director for Central Florida. "Through this newest site, AHF will offer medical care and services at the clinic. However, the location also has an Out of the Closet store, offers free HIV testing and has an AHF Pharmacy in the OTC. With this new all-in-one facility, we have the ability to offer wrap-around services to everyone that walks through our doors."
"We first expanded our presence and services in St. Petersburg with the opening of the Out of the Closet thrift store and AHF Pharmacy in May 2017. We knew that along with the testing and other services that we have been providing to the community -- in the community -- and to the City of St. Petersburg and the surrounding municipalities, we are helping shift the trajectory of the local HIV epidemic," said Michael Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief. "With the opening of our new AHF Healthcare Center today, we're taking another important step to help address and reduce Florida's growing HIV/AIDS epidemic."