Union County opens first HIV clinic

Richard Matens
Richard Matens jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Union County has launched a free, bi-monthly clinic for low-income people who are HIV-positive and lack health insurance.

Residents of Anson, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties, as well as York County, S.C., are eligible to receive services for HIV care and management, Union County’s Department of Human Services announced Friday.

This is the first time Union County has operated such a clinic, Human Services Executive Director Richard Matens said.

“This is all about accessibility,” Matens said. “Right now, clients would have to go to Charlotte or Concord” for the services.

Potential clients need to first call Union County’s Division of Social Services regarding eligibility for the program at the Public Health Clinic in Monroe. Those numbers are 704-296-4352 and 704-296-4397.

Appointments can be made after eligibility has been verified.

Clients will be able to use the county’s medical transportation services and dental services provided by the clinic. Dr. Philip Lackey, an infectious disease physician from Charlotte, will treat patients at the clinic.

A federal Ryan White Part A grant through the Mecklenburg County Health Department will help fund the services.

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