AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) on Monday will open its newest Wellness Center in Los Angeles.

The center, located at 1811 N. Western Ave., will be led by Lonnie Calvin, NP, a Stanford-educated licensed nurse practitioner who previously worked for Mission Hospice in Los Angeles County.

As AHF’s largest Wellness Center west of the Mississippi River, the clinic is dedicated to AHF co-founder and AIDS activist Chris Brownlie and will offer free, confidential screenings for HIV other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and provide linkage to medical care.

Also known as the “Western on Wellness” Center, the clinic will be open for walk-ins on Monday to Friday, from noon to 9 p.m. Current services at the Wellness Center in the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Doctor’s Tower, located at 1300 N. Vermont Ave. Suite 407, will remain the same on Thursday and Friday evenings, 5:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

AHF Wellness Centers are designed to make testing and treatment for STDs accessible, convenient, and affordable, as well as to encourage regular sexual health screenings for all sexually active people. Services offered include free HIV testing as well as free screening and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

“We are so excited to have Lonnie join our team and bring her years of experience to AHF to help us expand our capacity to offer STD and HIV screenings for sexually active adults in a convenient, confidential environment,” said Albert Ruiz, director of AHF’s Wellness Center Programs.

AHF operates 21 Wellness Centers in the District of Columbia and eight states, including Florida, California, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington. More information about Wellness Center services and locations, is available online.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 841,000 individuals in 39 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe.

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