POSTED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 11:31am
UPDATED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 11:31am
HARLINGEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — It's described as a one stop medical shop for people living with HIV or AIDS. The Medical Director at Westbrook Clinic says there are still some doctors here in the Valley who choose not to work with patients being treated for the infectious disease.
"It's a continual battle to fight the discrimination, to make sure that that man or woman sees value in his of her life, value in themselves, so they continue with appropriate health care and treatment."
But Westbrook Clinic, a newly expanded, state of the art medical facility in Harlingen, is now devoted to serving all types of healthcare needs of those living with HIV or AIDS.
"We have approximately 1,250 patients in the Rio Grande Valley."
From primary care, to HIV and AIDS treatment, to specialized dental care. The 18-thousand square foot clinic is made up of a specialized team that focuses on outreach, healthcare, general medicine and follow up for HIV-AIDS patients.
"I think one of the biggest assets for the Westbrook Clinic is that our viral rate logic detectability is about 50-percent higher than in the state of Texas."
He adds that here in the Rio Grande Valley, those in their late teens to early twenties and then those over 50 years old, make up the HIV AIDS population.
"Untreated it has a 100-percent mortality rate. With today's drugs, which are highly efficient, so called highly active retro-viral treatment protocols, we should be able to make most of our HIV or even AIDS patients virally non-detectable within three to six months."