About the Specialty
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In 2001, the Northeast Health District HIV
Primary Care Clinic was funded through a Ryan White Care
Act Early Intervention Services Grant # 6 H76 HA
00720-01-01, and the support of the Georgia Division of
Public Health to meet the health care needs of adults
with HIV/AIDS. The clinic opened in February 2002.
The Specialty Care Clinic will accept patient referrals
from a variety of sources including private physicians,
AIDS Athens, county health departments/HIV testing
sites, and local hospitals. Referrals are accepted by
phone, fax or written referral forms. Self-referrals are
accepted. Patients are admitted to the clinic by
appointment. Any HIV positive persons residing in the
Northeast Health District counties of Barrow, Clarke,
Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee,
Oglethorpe or Walton are eligible for services. Patients
must provide proof of a positive HIV antibody test,
their name, address, phone contact information and proof
of income. The Specialty Care Clinic services are highly
confidential, but not anonymous.
The Specialty Care Clinic provides
specialized outpatient primary care and referrals for
the HIV patient. We do this in an optimum facility where
most services are under one roof. Our care is based on
the principles of confidentiality, accessibility,
comprehensiveness, health promotion and consumer
satisfaction. Our goal is to empower our patients to
make good decisions about their own care to promote
health and well-being.
Health Care Team
The health care team at the Specialty Care
Clinic has been extensively trained to provide excellent
care in the area of HIV/AIDS. Services available include
those of infectious diseases specialists, a family nurse
practitioner, registered nurses, social workers,
nutritionist and others that are fully qualified in
their positions. An infectious diseases specialist
serves as the medical director for the Specialty Care
1. Infectious diseases specialty care
provided by contract with Gwinnett Infectious Diseases
2. Primary care medical services including the
A. Medical Examinations
B. Pap smears every 6 months
C. TB skin testing
D. Regular lab work drawn on site
E. Hepatitis A & B immunizations
F. Pneumonia vaccine as needed
G. Yearly flu vaccines
H. Evaluation and treatment for acute care on site,
such as: sinusitis, urinary tract infection, diarrhea
and medication dispensation.
3. Nurse Practitioner and RN Specialists
trained in HIV care on site.
4. Confidential HIV testing, and pre- and post -test
counseling for partners.
5. Financial assistance for primary and specialty care
per Ryan White Care
6. Nutritional assessment, education and counseling and
dispensing of nutritional supplements as indicated.
7. Mental Health and substance abuse assessment,
treatments and counseling services available.
8. Specialty Care referrals including
dental care (cleanings, fillings, x- rays), obstetrics,
x-rays and dermatology with payment for services if
9. Public assistance referrals through the Department of
Family and Children's Services.
10. Case Management Services. All patients will be
assigned to a case manager for assessment, care
planning/coordination and support.
11. Access to AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) and
Pharmacy Assistance Programs (PAP). For those patients
meeting financial eligibility guidelines. Medication
adherence assessment and education is provided.
12. Assistance with transportation for medical care for
those patients meeting financial eligibility guidelines.
13. Patient education on HIV. HIV second transmission
prevention and risk reduction, treatments and anti-
retroviral medications and treatment plan adherence.
14. Patient referrals to social services providers for
assistance with housing, utilities, food banks, patient
support groups and patient educational programs and
Hours of Operations
Patients are seen by appointment on
Monday-Friday; however, patients may be seen on an
emergency basis Monday- Friday. If patients have an
emergency, they are encouraged to phone the office
before they come.
Hours of Operation
Monday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Payment of Services
1. Payment for all services is on a
sliding fee scale based on the patient's income and
Ryan White eligibility.
2. Patients must provide proof of income semi-annually,
and also when income and family size changes in order to
maintain eligibility for Ryan White funded services.
3. Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurance
Please call for directions to our
office in Athens, Georgia
Toll Free: 877-807-6260
Clinic Brochure (pdf)
Intake Forms (pdf)