Crusader celebrates World AIDS Day

Crusader celebrates World AIDS Day

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Commemorating World AIDS Day Friday, Crusader Clinic proudly detailed its medical care and support of AIDS patients.

Crusader, the largest AIDS-care clinic outside of Chicago in Illinois, has offered care and services for AIDS patients since 1991.

The clinic provides medical care; case management; prescription assistance; medication counseling; pharmacy; dental care; optical care; transpiration; mental health counseling; HIV test counseling; Spanish interpreting; nutritional counseling; peer programs; assessments for in-home care; care from the Midwest AIDS Technical Educational Center; medical-specialty referrals; and community-sponsored events.

Another service that Shelton Kay, manager of the Crusader Clinic Living With HIV Program, pointed out is the Asejara African-American HIV Prevention Project.

The program was designed because African-American men accounted for 47 percent of AIDS cases in 1999 among men in the country. The program, designed to “remove barriers to change,” contains case management, counseling and referral assistance and has a Peer Educator/Advocate component.

With various services, care and medications, Kay said the clinic projects a healthy life for Crusader’s AIDS patients. “I have clients who are in their 60s and are fine,” he said.

Kay stated the clinic is perhaps proudest of the fact that the rate of death has declined among AIDS victims. Kay pointed to 1997, which was one of the worst years. That year, 31 of the clinic ‘s patients died from AIDS. In 2000, that number dropped to seven individuals. “We find that to be quite an improvement,” he said.

For more information, call Kay at 490-1670.

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