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Positive Impact Health Center Gives New Life to Those Infected with HIV

By Elisha Neubauer

When you receive an HIV diagnosis, it can feel like the world stops. It can feel like you're alone, fighting this all by yourself. But, the truth is, you don't have to be. There are multiple companies that are out there, to help you, to let you get back to living- living a life that does not revolve around a diagnosis. Positive Impact Health Center is a company that strives to do just that. They offer care that is centered solely around the patient and their needs, so that those living in the HIV community can continue to live their lives as normal; a life that is worth living.

"In the early 1990s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic continued to take the lives of numerous men and women from every religious, ethic, and socioeconomic background," Tim McDaniel, Training Coordinator for Positive Impact Health Center, tells us. "Positive Impact Health Centers is the result of a group of concerned volunteers and parents whose family members and friends had been infected with HIV during this time."

Since then, the grassroots program has grown exponentially and encompasses programs and services that include preventing infections, treating infections early, identifying late HIV diagnoses, and linkage and retention to HIV medical care. Positive Impact Health Center is a free standing agency, which gives them a unique sense of freedom in this industry. They are able to offer both comprehensive and interconnected services to the Atlanta area, but also surrounding states as well. Just last year, in 2015, they managed to care for over 8,600 patients, both new and reoccurring.

"We celebrate that our client visits steadily increase each year, and attribute these increases to existing client referrals as well as community referrals," states McDaniel.

McDaniel believes that Positive Impact Health Center has really made a difference in the Atlanta area, and the state even. "We strive to not only help expand the longevity of people's lives, but also help people create a life worth living," he tells us. "We help people understand that HIV is a treatable illness while encouraging a healthy life-plan that includes psychological and physical health."

So what is the center's final goal? What do they aim to achieve during their course of operation? Every business, profit or nonprofit, has an end goal in mind; a plan they drive toward. What is theirs? McDaniel answered this question for us, and his response really struck us. "Positive Impact Health Center's ultimate goal is to reduce?and ultimately eliminate?new HIV infections in the greater Atlanta area through our compassionate, intentional, and non-judgmental client care," he affirmed.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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