The AIDS Healthcare Foundation opened the Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. Clinic hoping to reach the black community, which has been disproportionately struck by the epidemic. In the U.S., blacks make up 13 percent of the overall population but 49 percent of AIDS cases.
The new clinic will provide screening, ongoing monitoring, counseling, laboratory work and access to drug therapies and clinical trials.
The clinic is located next to the Summit Medical Center, which means that patients will not disclose their HIV status simply by walking in the door, Serick Gardner, who has worked with black AIDS patients in Oakland for the past decade, told the Chronicle. Privacy is particularly important, said Gardner, because the disease still carries a stigma in the black community.
AIDS Healthcare plans to open another clinic in San Francisco in the fall.
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