ORLANDO (July 26, 2017) — AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Orlando healthcare center location located at 1701 N. Mills Avenue on Tuesday. AHF also announced announce Dr. Suzy Boules as one of its newest healthcare providers who will lead this healthcare center. AHF Healthcare Center Orlando will offer patient appointments Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (407) 204-7000. The location will also offer an on-site AHF Pharmacy to provide pharmacy services to patients.
“Dr. Boules brings over 30 years of experience to AHF and has long been a trusted physician by thousands of patients across Orlando,” said AHF Southern Regional Director Shaundia White. “We are so excited to join forces with Dr. Boules and now have her expertise and passion for providing quality patient care lead our medical team at AHF’s Orlando location.”
AHF Healthcare Centers aim to decrease the number of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses by providing:
- Free HIV testing so people can be aware of their status;
- Immediate linkage into care – regardless of ability to pay – for those who test positive; and
- Support through ongoing follow-ups to ensure adherence to a health regimen that will ultimately extend life expectancies and reduce the risk of transmission.
“AHF Pharmacy is excited to expand our pharmacy services in Florida through our new location in Orlando,” said AHF Chief Pharmacy Officer Scott Carruthers. “By making pharmacy services available adjacent to our AHF Healthcare Center, we strive to make accessing the lifesaving medications our patients need as convenient as possible to encourage adherence to their treatment regimens and drive down the rates of new HIV infections in the region.”
AHF Pharmacy is a full-service facility staffed with pharmacists who specialize in HIV/AIDS medications (as well as general pharmacy services) that provide clients with access to the additional specialists, medications and services they need to be as healthy as possible. Revenues generated from AHF Pharmacy help contribute to caring for AHF patients around the world and 96 cents of every dollar earned at the pharmacy supports AHF’s global and national HIV/AIDS services, including treatment, testing, and advocacy.
In 2015, 580 new cases of HIV diagnoses were reported in Orlando. 40% of people newly diagnosed with HIV between 2011 and 2015 were black, 27% Hispanic/Latino, and 29% white.