Vivent Well being, an HIV care supplier, has merged with Thrive Well being Connection to increase into Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. Vivent gives built-in providers that vary from prevention, testing and treatment to psychological well being providers and pharmacies to these dwelling with and in danger for HIV/AIDS.
“The merger and the creation of the primary HIV Medical Residence in Kansas Metropolis will guarantee we rise as much as this second in relentless pursuit of a world with out AIDS,” mentioned Vivent Well being president and CEO Michael J. Gifford in a Vivent press release. “We’re at a outstanding second within the combat to finish the HIV epidemic. Each software we want, save a vaccine, is offered to us. Collectively we will obtain our collective objective to rid the world of AIDS. The query earlier than us is easy: Will we do exactly that?”
Caroline Huffman, the CEO at Thrive Well being Connection, will stay on the newly merged firm and function the Vivent Well being vp of operations.
“We’re excited to carry the [Vivent] HIV Medical Residence mannequin of care to the Kansas Metropolis neighborhood so the people we serve can thrive,” Huffman mentioned within the press launch. “We’re trying ahead to growing our present applications and providers within the months to return, which is able to enable us to remain dedicated to the well being and well-being of anybody impacted by HIV/AIDS in Kansas Metropolis properly into the longer term.”
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Vivent’s HIV Medical House is a patient-centered mannequin that gives built-in providers, starting from pharmacies, social providers and case administration to dental, psychological well being and medical care as properly ass HIV remedy, testing and prevention, together with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the every day capsule HIV-negative folks can take to successfully cut back their threat of contracting the virus.
Vivent Health was previously often called the AIDS Useful resource Heart of Wisconsin. It launched the new name in January 2019 because it expanded into Colorado and Missouri by way of mergers with Rocky Mountain CARES in Denver and St. Louis Effort for AIDS. It now operates 17 places in Colorado, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin.
Concerning the HIV neighborhood it is going to serve in its new house of Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, Vivent Well being writes:
Lately, Kansas Metropolis has seen a rise within the demand for providers for people dwelling with HIV/AIDS. There are roughly 4,000 folks dwelling with HIV/AIDS in Kansas Metropolis and an estimated 150 new HIV instances reported yearly, in response to the Missouri Division of Well being and Senior Companies. In Kansas Metropolis, folks of shade, significantly African Individuals and Latinos, are disproportionately affected and have among the highest an infection charges. On the finish of 2018, the speed of recent HIV diagnoses amongst Blacks/African Individuals was 4.6 occasions as excessive as the speed amongst whites, and a pair of.1 occasions as excessive amongst Latinx people in comparison with whites.
There’s a excessive want for elevated PrEP providers, which is without doubt one of the strongest HIV prevention instruments accessible. PrEP is a one-pill, once-a-day remedy that’s greater than 90% efficient at lowering the chance of contracting HIV by way of sexual exercise. A lot of important societal, institutional and monetary limitations should be overcome to extend the quantity of people that entry PrEP. The Vivent Well being HIV Medical Residence mannequin is supplied to supply complete care that helps Missourians dwell lengthy, wholesome lives.
In February of this yr—Black Historical past Month—Vivent’s CEO Mike Gifford addressed racial disparities in HIV, penning an opinion piece in POZ titled “A Time for Action.”
In associated information, within the Could 16 multicity digital AIDS Stroll, Vivent Well being is the prime beneficiary of fundraising efforts in Austin and Milwaukee. To be taught extra, together with easy methods to tune in to observe the festivities, see “Six Cities Join Blockbuster Virtual Fundraiser ‘AIDS Walk: Live at Home.’”
Final week, April 29, Vivent held its annual Dining Out For Life fundraiser in St. Louis. As a result of eating places have been onerous hit throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Vivent didn’t ask for 25% of gross sales from taking part eating places that day. As a substitute, Vivent requested of us to dine in or order out as a option to help the eateries and pay it ahead for his or her earlier help (and to individually donate to Vivent’s HIV causes). In St. Louis, the occasion has raised over $4 million previously 27 years.
Eating Out For Life takes locations on completely different days in cities throughout the nation. For extra particulars see the POZ article “Dig In! This Week You Can Dine Out to End HIV.”