AIDS service group to launch medical clinic

With a five-year federal grant, Charlotte's oldest AIDS service organization is opening a medical clinic to offer primary care and other services to people with HIV.

Metrolina AIDS Project will open its new Metrolina Care Network Clinic Monday near Albemarle Road and Central Avenue.

The clinic will be open part-time with evening and weekend hours, staffed by Dr. Lewis McCurdy of Infectious Disease Consultants, two part-time physician assistants and a full-time registered nurse. Others will provide case management, counseling and testing.

“Now we have one stop shopping and continuity of care,” said Ann White, MAP executive director since 2005.

Previously, MAP has contracted with Carolinas Medical Center and C.W. Williams Community Health Center to provide medical care.

“This is another choice for care,” White said “We are now able to give residents a choice in services with flexible hours.”

The new clinic is made possible by a $360,219 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant runs until March 2012.

Students in the pharmacy and physician assistant programs at Wingate University will volunteer at the clinic, which is near social services agencies and six bus stops.