A new AIDS clinic in North Philadelphia will focus on Spanish-speaking patients.
The project is a joint effort of Philadelphia Fight, the Norris Square Civic Association and other groups, using local and federal funding. The clinic at 166 West Lehigh Avenue will open in December.
City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez said the goal is to fight AIDS in the Spanish-speaking community and break down barriers to diagnosis and treatment.
“There is the ability for people to live a fulfilling life, but they need to come forward. They have to be tested,” Quinones Sanchez said. “This five year commitment can be a game changer for the type of services that we deliver there.”
Jane Shull of Philadelphia Fight said the idea is to get proven treatments to an underserved community.
“This is a really hopeful time in the AIDS epidemic,” Shull said. “We have about 32 drugs now that work, that if people take these medicines, they can can live a normal life and a normal life span.”
Shull said that breaking the language barrier in the community served will save lives and improve the quality of life for others with the disease.