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HIV/AIDS Defined
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is caused by a virus called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). HIV negatively affects the body's immune system, which helps fight off infections and disease. If you have HIV, your immune system has little ability to fight off these invaders, and you become open to life threatening illnesses, like pneumonia or some types of cancers. Today, AIDS does not have to be the death threat it once was.

There's Hope...
Today, people living with HIV can look forward to brighter, longer lives if they are willing to establish an ongoing relationship with a respected health care agency and follow prescribed treatments, like antiretrovirals, protease inhibitors, and combination therapies referred to as cocktails. These advancements in medical therapies and technology allow people living with HIV a future complete with possibilities.

You can start (or continue) your way to a longer, healthier life by contacting South Shore Hospital's HIV/AIDS Clinic at 773-221-4831. There you will find a family of medical professionals just waiting to help you plan a quality lifelong journey.

South Shore Hospital's New HIV/AIDS Clinic
If you have HIV/AIDS and need a primary care provider who understands your illness, establish a relationship with South Shore Hospital's new HIV/AIDS Clinic. The clinic offer these confidential services.

Primary care medical services for community residents living with HIV/AIDS
Treatment, special follow-up care and monitoring of cases for in-patients, outpatients, and HIV/AIDS cases seen in the emergency room
Community links to address other illnesses and social service needs

Pastoral services:
Free pre-arranged transportation services (773) 768-0810, ext.5242 or 5243

Clinic Hours:
Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dr Clarence Parks, Medical Director, HIV/AIDS Clinic, South Shore Hospital
Leslie Rogers, Director

Linked Agencies:
Provident Hospital (dental, ophthalmic eye care, and psychological care)
South East Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center (substance abuse)
Urban Life Line Family Support Center (case management and family support services)
Illinois Aids Drug Assistance Program (covers bill for medications proven to effectively treat HIV/AIDS for hose unable to pay.)

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