AHF to Cut Ribbon at New Hyde Park Wellness Center

Ribbon-cutting & Grand Opening Ceremony Friday, Oct 12th

Clinic, at AHF Healthcare Center, will provide free screenings for
STDs & HIV on Fridays from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of its newest AHF
Wellness Center in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood this week. The site
offers free confidential screenings for HIV and other sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs) from its location in the AHF Healthcare
Center/Hyde Park at 1515 E. 52nd Place, Ste 206, Chicago, IL 60615
(entrance is behind Mellow Yellow/across from Hyatt). The Sexual
Wellness Center, which started seeing its first patients in September,
will be formally dedicated with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening
ceremony on this Friday, October 12th,
at 2:00 p.m. and will then be open for services or walk-in visits from
10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Fridays. AHF also offers Wellness services at
its Michigan Avenue site on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. and will be opening an Out of the Closet – Wellness – Pharmacy in
Boystown this upcoming winter!

WHAT:

 

RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY for NEW AHF WELLNESS CENTER

 

AHF Hyde Park Wellness Center to offer free screenings for STDs
and HIV

 

WHO:

Dr. Danica Wilson, AHF Healthcare Center Medical Director

 

Rosa E. Martínez Colón, MS, AHF Regional Director, Chicago

 

Vanessa Smith, Executive Director, South Side Help Center,
an Affiliate of AHF

 

Omar N. López, Executive Director, C.A.L.O.R., an Affiliate
of AHF

 

WHERE:

AHF Hyde Park Wellness Center

 

AHF Healthcare Center

 

1515 E. 52nd Place, Suite 206

 

Chicago, IL 60615

 

(312) 881-3050

 

WHEN:

Friday, Oct. 12th, 2:00 p.m.

 

Wellness Center hours: Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

AHF Wellness Centers are designed to make testing and treatment for STDs
accessible, convenient, and affordable, as well as to encourage regular
sexual health screenings for all sexually active people. Services
offered include free HIV testing as well as free screening and treatment
for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The Wellness Center is a program
of the AHF Hyde Park Healthcare Center, AHF’s full-service clinic led by
Dr. Danica Wilson,
that provides comprehensive medical care and
treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information on the
AHF Hyde Park Healthcare Center, please call (312) 881-3050.

“We are excited to add our Wellness Center services to our Hyde Park
Healthcare Center and expand our ability to offer STD and HIV screenings
for sexually active adults in a convenient, confidential environment,”
said Rosa E. Martínez Colón, AHF’s Regional Director for the
Chicago area. “With cultural changes and the rise of mobile dating apps
helping to fuel the rise of sexually transmitted diseases—especially
among young adults—we want people to make routine STD screenings a key
component of their plans for healthy living.”

“In August, the CDC issued its latest
analysis
of STDs in the United States. The CDC found steep and
sustained increases in STD infections—nearly 2.3 million total cases of
chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017.
Gonorrhea was up 67%, primary and secondary syphilis up 76%, and while
chlamydia held relatively steady— just a few points above where it was
in 2013—at more than 1.7 million cases in 2017, it remains a significant
health concern because the disease can affect women’s reproductive
organs and possibly leave them infertile. The majority of these new
infections are also found in young people ages 18-24,” said Dr.
Danica Wilson
, AHF Healthcare Center Medical Director, who will also
oversee care and treatment at the new Wellness Center. “AHF Wellness
Centers, like the new site we are cutting the ribbon on in Hyde Park on
Friday, can be a significant tool in the fight to help contain these
escalating STD rates and are designed as safe and convenient
community-based spaces for people to avail themselves of both free HIV
and STD testing and treatment services, as needed.”

HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in
Cook County, IL

(source: Chicago Department of Public Health HIV/STI
Surveillance Report
, December 2017)

HIV Cases

  • There were a total of 839 new HIV diagnoses among Chicago
    residents in 2016 (lowest since 1990), corresponding to a rate of 31.1
    per 100,000 population. There was a total of 23,824 individuals who
    had been diagnosed through 2015 and were living with HIV in 2016,
    corresponding to a rate of 882.8 per 100,000 population.
  • There were 4.8 times as many new HIV diagnoses in men than in women.
  • In 2016, individuals aged 20-29 years old were the most frequently
    diagnosed population group, representing 40.3% of all new HIV
    diagnoses.
  • Non-Hispanic (NH) Blacks were the most frequently diagnosed
    population, representing 58.5% of new diagnoses, 56.4% of AIDS
    diagnoses, and 55.2% of late diagnoses.
  • Compared with other HIV transmission groups, there were 3.7 times more
    new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) than those
    reporting heterosexual (HET) contact transmission and 13.7 times more
    new HIV diagnoses than those reporting injection drug use (IDU).
  • In 2016, the highest rates of new HIV infection diagnoses were seen in
    individuals residing in Douglas, Edgewater, Grand Boulevard, Kenwood,
    North Lawndale, Rogers Park, Washington Park, West Garfield Park, and
    Uptown. The highest rates of PLWH [persons living with HIV] were
    observed in Edgewater, Rogers Park, and Uptown.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Primary & Secondary (P&S) Syphilis and
Congenital Syphilis

  • There were a total of 29,776 chlamydia cases, 10,836 gonorrhea
    cases, and 813 syphilis cases reported to CDPH in 2016. The
    number of chlamydia and P&S syphilis cases are the
    highest ever since 1997.
  • There were 1.6 times as many reported chlamydia cases in women
    than men, 1.8 times as many reported gonorrhea cases in men
    than women, and 15.6 times as many reported syphilis cases in
    men than women. The largest proportion of P&S syphilis cases
    (74.9%) were among MSM.
  • In 2016, individuals aged 20-29 years old were the most frequently
    diagnosed age group for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and P&S
    syphilis
    .
  • NH Blacks were the most frequently diagnosed population among all
    three reportable STIs, representing 40.3% of reported chlamydia
    cases, 44.3% of reported gonorrhea cases, and 36.2% of reported P&S
    Syphilis
    cases. However, NH Blacks were the only population to
    [see] a decrease in the number of cases for all three reportable STIs
    from 2015 to 2016.
  • In 2016, community areas with the highest rates of chlamydia
    and gonorrhea included areas considered to have a high economic
    hardship. This year’s report highlights the continued decrease in new
    HIV diagnoses, reinforces the need to address sexual health
    disparities experienced by certain populations and in certain
    community areas in our city, and acts as a call to action for health
    partners to address the rising STI rates within Chicago.

AHF operates twenty-one additional Wellness Centers in the US, including
in the District of Columbia and eight states: Florida, California,
Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington. For more
information about Wellness Center services and locations, please visit www.freestdcheck.org.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
1,000,000 individuals in 42 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

Contacts

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
CHICAGO
Rosa E.
Martínez Colón
, MS, AHF Regional Director
+1.224.229.1538 mobile
+1.773.385.9080
x223 work
remartinezcolon@aidshealth.org
or
LOS
ANGELES

Ged Kenslea
Senior Director,
Communications, AHF
+1.323.308.1833 work
+1.323.791.5526 mobile
gedk@aidshealth.org

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