AIDS Healthcare Foundation Partners with CALOR to Expand Care to Chicago’s Latino Community

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and CALOR, formerly a division of
Anixter Center, are joining forces to expand CALOR’s HIV/AIDS and STD
services to the local Latino and Hispanic community. Located at 5038 W.
Armitage Ave. in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, CALOR (Comprensión y
Apoyo a Latinos en Oposición al Retrovirus) has provided assistance to
Spanish-speaking people with HIV/AIDS and disabilities on Chicago’s west
side for almost 25 years.

The organization will continue to operate as CALOR and plans to continue
prevention, case management and substance abuse care with no anticipated
disruption to patients. The hours of operation will be Monday-Friday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No jobs are expected to be cut as a result of the

“As one of the leading providers of HIV/AIDS services to Chicago’s
Latino community, CALOR has long been a place of hope and healing to
thousands of families on the west side,” said AHF President Michael
. “Through this new partnership, AHF will offer resources
to CALOR that will allow its management and staff to expand its
operations and reach even more patients who need our help.”

In the coming months, AHF’s Latino Outreach and Understanding Division
(LOUD) will also work closely with CALOR to increase awareness about
CALOR’s services and link residents to medical care.

“We are excited to build upon our relationship with AHF in ways that
will allow us to increase our capacity to offer care and health services
to our patients,” said Omar Lopez, executive director of CALOR.
“Their support will allow us to grow and continue to be a convenient
resource for the families we’ve been able to assist for over twenty

According to the City
of Chicago’s Department of Public Health 2015 HIV/STI Surveillance Report
the most recent report, while new HIV infection diagnoses are declining
overall in Chicago, Latinos still have a higher new HIV infection rate
than white residents. In 2014, Hispanic residents currently represented
21.4% of AIDS diagnoses in the city. Also, since 2010, non-Hispanic
Whites and Hispanics have accounted for increasing proportions of
gonorrhea infections and primary and secondary syphilis cases.

In addition to its new affiliation with CALOR, AHF currently operates
Chicago-area healthcare centers in Hyde Park (1515 E 52nd Pl #206) and
on the South Side (2600 South Michigan Ave, Suite LL-D). The
organization has also partnered with the South Side Help Center since
February 2015.

For more information on AHF healthcare clinics, visit

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
683,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
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