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Homeless shelter for HIV-positive adults opens in Georgia

Homeless shelter for HIV-positive adults opens in Georgia

In Savannah, Ga., a series of dilapidated shacks on the city's east side have been renovated to house poor and homeless people with HIV disease. The Daniel-Flagg Villas, which opened December 2 near Phoenix Place, is an HIV testing and treatment center. The complex can house up to 20 patients. Phoenix Place offers residents of the villas access to a team of caregivers, including a physician, a family nurse-practitioner, a licensed practical nurse, a certified medical assistant, a certified nursing assistant, case managers, a nutritionist, a substance abuse counselor, a mental health counselor, and an HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention team. In Savannah, as of September, a total of 1,078 AIDS cases have been reported. An estimated 5,000 more people in Savannah have HIV.

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