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posted Friday, April 19, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 16
AHF commemorates 10 years in the fight against HIV in Washington, D.C.
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AHF commemorates 10 years in the fight against HIV in Washington, D.C.

Hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for new, expanded K St. AIDS Clinic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Since, 2009 AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world's largest, non-profit, HIV/AIDS service organization, has been in the District of Columbia, serving as a leading non-profit agency in the fight against AIDS. On Thursday, April 18th, AHF was joined by community leaders, HIV advocates and dignitaries from across D.C. for a community celebration at its facility located at AHF's Blair Underwood Healthcare Center (2141 K Street, NW, Suite 707, Washington, D.C.) to pay tribute to the tremendous impact the agency has had in the last 10 years in the local fight against AIDS, as well as officially re-open its newly-expanded healthcare center housed at this location.

According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC), the Washington, D.C. area consistently ranks in the top 20 cities nationally with new rates of HIV diagnosis and has 2% of its population living with HIV. According to the D.C. Department of Health, the Washington, D.C. area ranks 17th in the nation with newly reported cased of HIV diagnosis and 2% of the population of D.C. are living with HIV. The highest proportion of new HIV diagnoses were Black men who have sex with men. As the world's largest, non-profit, HIV/AIDS service organization, with over 1 million patients in care, AHF has a proven record of keeping HIV patients in care and has been a leading agency in the D.C. community in the local fight against AIDS for the last ten years, and continues to make a positive impact locally.

In 2009, AHF initially opened the AHF Blair Underwood Healthcare Center at K Street, to address the growing rate of new HIV diagnosis throughout D.C. The facility was named in honor of actor Blair Underwood when the facility first opened, given his outspoken advocacy for HIV prevention and medical care and services both here in the U.S. and in Africa.

Over the agency's 10-year history in D.C. as it continued to address the growing needs of the local community and connecting with those populations most impacted by the current HIV/AIDS epidemic, AHF has expanded its presence to have a satellite office with a wellness center in D.C.'s northeast corridor on Benning Road and in the Temple Hills community. Under the leadership of renowned internist and infectious disease specialist, Dr. Roxanne Cox-Iyamu, who currently serves as AHF Medical Director for the area, the agency continues to expand it services and outreach, currently providing direct HIV care to over 1,000 individuals in the D.C. community living with HIV, many who are uninsured and rely on AHF's commitment to providing care to all regardless of their ability to pay.

Participants in the ceremony included: Alexander-Reid, Washington, D.C. Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs; Michael Kharfen, Senior Deputy Director of the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration, D.C. Department of Health; DeMarc Hickson, Executive Director, Us Helping Us; Dr. Roxanne Cox-Iyamu, AHF Medical Director, Washington, D.C.; and Michel McVicker, AHF Regional Director - Washington, D.C./Maryland.

In addition to the 3 healthcare centers, AHF also has a public affairs office near the U.S. Capitol that helps coordinate the agency's leading advocacy initiatives on behalf of the over one million individuals living with HIV across the U.S. Over the three decades of AHF's legacy, through its advocacy initiatives, the agency has been a leading voice around many critical issues, including increased access to HIV and STD prevention and testing; medical care and treatment for those living with HIV; the fight, against increases in prescription drug pricing, gentrification of communities and preservation and development of affordable housing.

'AHF is proud of the impact that we've had over the past decade in addressing the growing HIV epidemic in D.C., and getting those living with HIV connected and sustained in care,' stated Michel McVickers, AHF D.C. Regional Director. 'Through our expansion in services we will continue our commitment to being a cutting-edge medical provider in the D.C. community as well as a strong voice for all those impacted by this epidemic that plagues our community locally and across the nation.'

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1,000,000 individuals in 43 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

Courtesy of AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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