12/11/2008

WVU Positive Health Clinic and Angelwish make it easy to donate gifts to children with HIV/AIDS

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Positive Health Clinic and Angelwish are encouraging people to contribute gifts to children living with HIV or AIDS by making an online donation.

“We are excited to work with Angelwish. The program will benefit many children in the 33 counties that our clinic serves,” Kathy Houser, administrative assistant for the WVU Positive Health Clinic, said. “What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by helping children?”

Angelwish, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with HIV/AIDS, was founded in 1999 and works with more than 130 HIV/AIDS care centers around the world. An estimated 33 million people are living with HIV worldwide; two million of them are children.

The goal of the WVU Positive Health Clinic and Angelwish is to make a substantial difference in the life of a child who is living with HIV or AIDS.

Three clinics in the state are dedicated to the treatment of HIV/AIDS: Satellite Clinic in Wheeling, Shenandoah Valley Medical System in Martinsburg and WVU Positive Health Clinic in Morgantown.

“The WVU Positive Health Clinic provides comprehensive HIV care to patients in West Virginia, including rural and remote areas where care is limited or inaccessible,” Houser said.

According to Houser, there is no other nonprofit wish-granting organization on the Internet focused exclusively on HIV and AIDS.

To make a donation visit www.angelwish.org/center/wvu.php. All donations are tax deductible and the donation goes to a child with HIV/AIDS in West Virginia or in the United States.

For more information contact Kathy Houser at kmhouser@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-293-2759. For information on confidential HIV/AIDS testing contact Angie Snider at 304-293-4117.

For information on the WVU Positive Health Clinic see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/medicine/infectiousDiseases/posHealthClinic.asp.

-WVU-


08-231
For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
el: 11-25-08

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