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World-Class AIDS Care in the Big Gray Building on Ponce

Part of the Grady Health System and staffed with many who are affiliated with Emory University, the Ponce de Leon Center in Midtown is among the country's most comprehensive clinics dedicated to the treatment of advanced HIV/AIDS.

How many times have you driven past the mammoth building that sits between Ponce de Leon Avenue and North Avenue in Midtown across the street from the Krispy Kreme and wondered just what goes on in there?

Some know that the Ponce de Leon Center is one of the largest, most comprehensive facilities dedicated to the treatment of advanced HIV/AIDS in the United States.

Some know that the Ponce de Leon Center, which was founded in 1986, serves about 5,000 patients each year.

Some know that the Ponce de Leon Center is part of the Grady Health System and that many of its doctors, nurses and specialists who provide onsite medical, support and community services are affiliated with Emory University.

But many have no idea what goes on inside the large, gray building that they may have driven past a hundred times.

If that’s you, take a few minutes to read this January Emory Health feature story from Dana Goldman on the Ponce de Leon Center, where “relationships are at the heart of clinical and research programs for people with HIV.”

In addition to the written piece, there's a great video with a patient, who was very open and available to talk, and his doctor.

The video is well worth a peek, too, to see the kind of impact on people’s lives that's happening everyday in the big, nondescript building located at 341 Ponce De Leon Ave. in Midtown.

Chris Mueller January 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Thank you for posting this story. I always look over to admire that building when I drive down Ponce. I knew if was used for medical research, but I had no idea that it was used to advance treatment for HIV/AIDS. I'm truly inspired by the advances being made against this disease. Most don't know it but we now have the ability to end the transmission of HIV if only everyone would get tested and into treatment if they are positive.
Samuel January 31, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Its a cool building but it would be nice if it was complemented with some land and streetscaping. The lack of care for the grounds makes it appear abandoned or closed.

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