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Clinic in suburban Virginia will remain open

Clinic in suburban Virginia will remain open

A deal struck between the Washington, D.C.-based Whitman-Walker Clinic and officials in Virginia will keep the suburban Whitman-Walker clinic in Arlington, Va., open through the end of next year, The Washington Post reports. The clinic, which serves about 1,400 HIV patients, was set to close on October 1 as part of efforts by cash-strapped Whitman-Walker to cut $2.5 million from its annual budget. The agreement--reached between the clinic, the city of Alexandria, Va., the Virginia state health department, and Fairfax and Arlington counties--will require Whitman-Walker to provide 25% of the suburban clinic's budget gap through the end of 2006, about $210,000, while the other agencies will pay about $590,000. Most of Whitman-Walker's contribution will come from a $200,000 donation from a Northern Virginia benefactor.

The agreement puts on hold an offer by the California-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation to take over the suburban Virginia clinic. It's unclear whether AHF will offer to take the reins of the agency when the current agreement ends in December 2006.

Whitman-Walker's HIV clinic in suburban Maryland is still set to close on October 1, agency officials say. The clinic, located in Takoma Park, Md., serves about 690 HIV patients. Maryland health officials say they are working to place the clinic's clients with other HIV treatment centers.

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