Puerto Rico: New AHF Carolina Healthcare Center and AHF Pharmacy to Open March 9
New state-of-the-art facilities aim to serve those whose access to HIV / AIDS care and services continues to suffer from the fallout from Hurricane Maria of 2017 as well as the COVID-19 pandemic
AHF’s newest site includes an AHF Healthcare Center in Carolina (moving from Trujillo Alto to San Juan) and AHF Pharmacy Access Center, providing healthcare and pharmacy services for HIV / AIDS as well as HIV testing and treatment and treatment and prevention of STDs / STIs.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization, is proud to announce the expansion of its services to provide cutting-edge HIV / AIDS medical and pharmaceutical services to patients regardless of insurance status or their ability to pay at its brand new location in Carolina, Puerto Rico. AHF currently cares for more than 1.5 million patients in 45 countries around the world.
As of March 9, 2021, AHF will move its existing AHF Health Center – Puerto Rico from its current location in Trujillo Alto, San Juan, east of the Municipality of Carolina (Municipio Autónomo de Carolina) to the Paseo del Prado shopping center. , PR 3, Caroline, 00987 (State Rd 3 km 8.4, Caroline, PR 00987). AHF will also open a new AHF Pharmacy Access Center at the Carolina site, providing pharmaceutical services to HIV and AIDS patients on the island. An existing full-service AHF pharmacy will remain at the original Trujillo Alto site for several months until a full-service AHF pharmacy opens to replace the pharmacy access center in Carolina.
The new Carolina AHF facility will serve patients whose access to life-saving HIV / AIDS care and services suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the residual fallout from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Porto Rico is one of the top ten states / territories with the highest cumulative AIDS cases and HIV prevalence in the United States
“While Hurricane Maria and the COVID-19 pandemic complicated the landscape for Puerto Ricans living with HIV / AIDS, patients were at risk long before Maria due to several factors, including the lack of resources to effectively combat the epidemic as well as the debt of the island. crisis ”, declared Silvana Erbstein, AHF Regional Director – Miami-Dade and Puerto Rico, who was deeply involved in the continuity of AHF care and services in Puerto Rico during and after the 2017 Hurricane, ensuring that people living with HIV can access medical services and receive their medicines on time. “I am delighted that AHF is expanding our footprint to better meet the medical and pharmaceutical needs of the people of Puerto Rico.”
“I am delighted to continue to be a part of AHF’s extensive network of leading medical care providers across the country and around the world as we turn a chapter to now care for and serve patients in our new care facility. health and pharmacy access center in Carolina, “mentioned Dr Milton Garland Cansobre, AHF Medical Director for Puerto Rico. “The need for such services remains great, with Puerto Rico ranking at the top of nationwide HIV and / or AIDS incidence and rates. However, our determination to deliver to this new site is even more so.
Maria’s impact on Puerto Ricans living with HIV or AIDS
According to a Washington Blade press article from September 21, 2020, “A study by the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and Columbia University notes that Puerto Ricans living with HIV / AIDS were one of the groups that (Hurricane) Maria hit the hardest. .
The study (via Blade’s report) also noted:
… Viral suppression decreased from 71 percent to 65 percent in the entire sample due to the impact of Maria. Access to medical assistance and health services for these patients has fallen by more than 2%.
A total of 48,506 people were diagnosed with HIV in Puerto Rico from January 1, 1981 to June 30, 2017. The coronavirus pandemic has brought the figure to 50,163 cases, according to data from the University of Medical Sciences campus. Porto Rico. Integrated clinical trials unit.
Maria’s slow recovery, combined with the coronavirus pandemic, has made the outlook for this population much more complex.
“AHF’s Carolina Healthcare Center will serve as a local resource in Puerto Rico to meet not only the need for HIV / AIDS treatment, but also the delivery of pharmaceutical services as well as STI treatment and prevention efforts. STD, “said Michael Kahane, The head of the AHF southern office, who immediately after Maria coordinated and led an AHF effort to charter a cargo plane from Miami to bring 50 generators to the island to help restore power to the island. the facilities of the Puerto Rican Department of Health. “This is an important site in the AHF universe for a hard-hit population that we hope to do right.”
“As an advocacy organization, we will work hard to ensure easy access to quality HIV health services, medicines, free HIV tests and PrEP for residents. from Puerto Rico, ”said Angel Macia, President of the Latino Outreach and Understanding Division (STRONG) Puerto Rico Chapter. “HIV-related stigma has always been a barrier for patients here who are often diagnosed during their hospital stay because their HIV infection has advanced or progressed to a diagnosis of AIDS. Figures show that there is a lack of resources for HIV testing and an urgent need to talk about HIV treatment and prevention.
The AHF-Caroline Healthcare Center and AHF Pharmacy Access Center are located in Paseo del Prado Shopping Center, PR 3, Caroline 00987 Tel. : (787) 300-3188. The opening hours for both facilities are Monday 9 am to 6 pm; Tuesday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
AHF currently operates 68 other AHF healthcare centers in 15 states in the United States as well as one in the District of Columbia and the current San Juan clinic. Each health center offers medical programs tailored to the specific needs of asymptomatic and symptomatic people of HIV / AIDS by qualified medical and support professionals. AHF now also operates 60 AHF pharmacy sites in 14 states, Washington, DC and San Juan, PR.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization, currently provides healthcare and / or medical services to over 1.5 million people in 45 countries around the world in the United States, Africa, Latin America / Caribbean, Asia / Pacific region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidsante.org, Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @helpful and Instagram: @helpful.
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AHF MEDIA CONTACTS:
Silvana Erbstein, Regional Director AHF – Miami-Dade and Puerto Rico
Imara Canada, National Director, Communications and Community Engagement for the AHF
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF