Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic

Comprehensive Care Clinic’s Ruby Gala set for Feb. 10

The Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic, Nashville’s original nonprofit medical home for people living with HIV, will hold its annual Ruby Gala on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at Marathon Music Works.

Person named to HIV leadership role

Vanderbilt infectious diseases specialist Anna Person, MD, has been named to a four-year term as vice-chair of the board of the HIV Medicine Association .

Stephen Raffanti, MD, MPH, with longtime colleague Quentella Carpenter, patient care programs coordinator at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic.

Breaking the stigma of AIDS part of Raffanti’s long legacy

On June 29 Stephen Raffanti, MD, MPH, hung up his scrubs at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic for the last time. It was a bittersweet moment for the man who helped lead Nashville out of the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic 30 years ago.

The care team at the Vanderbilt Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care Transition Clinic includes DeWayne Parker, LBSW, left, Neerav Desai, MD, and Aima Ahonkhai, MD, MPH.

Clinic helps prepare young HIV patients for adult care

Adolescents and young adults living with HIV in Middle Tennessee are being ushered into adult care through a special transition clinic that focuses on adult skill-building and individualized therapy and discussions.

Leslie Reese helps patients living with HIV navigate life. From arranging appointments and transportation to educating patients on medicines, there’s ‘truly no problem she can’t solve.’

“No matter how difficult the task may be, Leslie finds a way to make someone’s life better.”

In 1994, Harold “Scottie” Scott’s HIV-positive status was covered on the local news. He has been an educator ever since.

Now, 25 years after his announcement, Scott’s mission remains the same: to educate others on the history of HIV, dispel myths and break down stigma.

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