A Bloomington clinic focused entirely on HIV treatment and prevention will start seeing patients today.
It is Positive Link’s first ever primary care clinic in the southwestern region of Indiana. The facility offers HIV testing and treatment.
Jill Stowers is the clinical lead manager of community health at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. She says Positive Link’s new clinic also offers PrEP services, which can help prevent HIV.
“The IU Health Center has been offering PrEP for the last year or so, but only for students,” Stowers says. “So what we look at now is we’re able to offer this in the community, for anyone.”
The medication helps protect people from contracting HIV, even if they are engaging in higher risk behaviors.
Stowers says in addition to nutrition and medical care, the clinic provides housing services. She says the vast majority of the people they help live in poverty.
“Health outcomes aren’t going to happen if people’s top priority is whether they have housing stability, and so we really consider getting people into and maintaining stable housing. It’s kind of the first health outcome that we look for,” Stowers says.
The clinic will be open once a week on Tuesdays. Positive Link serves around 180 people living with HIV or AIDs.