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AIDS Healthcare Foundation opens clinic in Bellport

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, celebrates the grand opening of its first AHF Healthcare Center on Long Island with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Bellport location on Friday, December 5, 2014. Dr. Alan J. Stein, Medical Director of the Brooklyn Health Care Center, Donna Tempesta, vice-president of the Aids Healthcare Foundation and Michael Comacho, NYC Regional Director of the Aids Healthcare Foundation cut the ceremonial ribbon. Photo Credit: Newsday / Joseph D. Sullivan

A clinic offering specialized medical care for people with HIV and AIDS has opened at a Bellport health care center operated by Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, officials said.

Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to mark the clinic's opening at the Bellport Primary Care Center, 515 Bellport Ave. The clinic will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month, officials said.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation officials said the clinic is the organization's first on Long Island. The foundation also operates a clinic in Brooklyn.

"Through our partnership with the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Bellport Primary Care Center, AHF's new facility will make it easier for our Long Island patients living with HIV to access the specialized medical care they need," Michael Camacho, the foundation's New York City regional director, said in a statement.

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center officials said in a statement they were "pleased to be able to provide access to care for residents of Suffolk County through this relationship" with the foundation.

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