June 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
AIDS Healthcare opens Temple Hills Wellness Center
Michel ‘Mike’ McVicker, gay news, Washington Blade, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Michel ‘Mike’ McVicker-Weaver (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the nation’s largest AIDS services and treatment organization, announced this week that it is opening a Wellness Center in Temple Hills, Md., to provide free and confidential testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

A statement released by the LGBT supportive organization says the Wellness Center will operate out of AHF’s existing Temple Hills Healthcare Center, which provides HIV/AIDS related treatment and services, at 4302 St. Barnabas Road.

“We are excited to add our Wellness Center services to our Temple Hills Healthcare Center and expand our ability to offer STD and HIV screenings for sexually active adults in a convenient, confidential environment,” said Mike McVicker-Weaver, AHF’s regional manager for the D.C.-Baltimore areas.

“With cultural changes and the rise of mobile dating apps helping to fuel the rise of sexually transmitted diseases – especially among young adults – we want people to make routine STD screenings a key component of their plans for healthy living,” McVicker-Weaver said.

McVicker-Weaver said that similar to its facilities in locations throughout the country, the Los Angeles-based AHF’s Health and Wellness Centers throughout the country provide services to a large number of LGBT clients. He said the screenings at the Temple Hills Wellness Center, which was scheduled to begin operating on May 30, will be for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis as well as HIV testing.

The AHF statement says the group operates an additional 20 Wellness Centers in the U.S., including in D.C. and eight states. The AHF Health Center in D.C. is located at 2141 K St., N.W., Suite 606.

Information about the times and dates for screenings at the Temple Hills Wellness Center can be obtaining by calling 301-423-1071.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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