Merger Affects St. Louis AIDS Care

New comprehensive clinic coming

Brad Choat
September 27, 2018 - 12:46 pm
Tawnya Brown with Effort For AIDS

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Effort For AIDS is merging with the Wisconsin-based AIDS Resource Center.

"This is a turn in history in St. Louis for HIV, " said operations vice president Tawnya Brown. "St. Louis Effort For AIDS will continue to be committed to ending new HIV infections, eliminating AIDS-related deaths, and reducing the stigma and barriers to HIV testing and treatment."

Brown spoke at Thursday's display of renovations, creating an HIV Medical Home at  2653 Locust. It should open in early January.

Physician Bill Summers is excited about additional resources coming their way, "HIV patients are unique. The key is to get them on medicines and stay on them. That's how they're going to protect their health and how we're going to keep people in the community from contracting new HIV infections."

Recent stats show more than 6100 living with HIV in St .Louis, and only half of those seek out regular health care.

Also at the merger announcement, AIDS Resource Center President Michael Gifford said the Missouri Foundation for Health is giving the combined group a $1.7 million grant to help with the HIV Medical Home's development. He said it's the largest gift in the ARCW's 30-year history.