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Support the 2011 MN AIDS Walk (Apr. 4th, 2011)
West Side Community Health Services asks you to consider supporting its 2011 Minnesota AIDS Walk team.
Proceeds will support the Minnesota AIDS Project in working to prevent HIV through prevention education programs, ongoing support for those living with HIV to improve their quality of life and outcomes, and developing public policy that reduces the impact of HIV in our state.
In the past year, West Side has provided primary medical care and other support services to 160 HIV-positive individuals at its La Clinica location. Nearly 75% of these patients identified as Latino. Country-wide, Latinos account for 17% of new HIV-infections. Studies show that Latinos with HIV/AIDS may experience greater barriers than their White counterparts at accessing care. These barriers include cultural, linguistic and socio-economic factors, all of which West Side takes into account when providing services to its patients. In particular, West Side’s HIV Program offers the following services in a bilingual/bicultural environment: medical case management (including transportation assistance); individual and group level mental health support; health education; treatment adherence/inreach; community outreach; rapid HIV testing; psychiatric services; pharmaceutical consultations; nutrition consultations; and primary medical care.
Your support of West Side’s 2011 Minnesota AIDS Walk team will go towards maintaining valuable services for HIV-infected Minnesotans, like those served at La Clinica, who might not otherwise have access to HIV care. Together we can make a difference in the community’s access to HIV-specific services. Thank you for your support!