Victims of HIV from throughout Northern Arizona have a place to come in Payson. Since May 2007, Northland Cares of Prescott has had a clinic available to people with HIV. The clinic is offered in Payson with the assistance of the Gila County Division of Health and Community Services.
Mary Tieszen, a family nurse practitioner with Northland Cares, certified by the American Academy of HIV Specialists, provides the services.
"This is a good description of my certification," Tieszen said. "American Academy HIV Specialists are experienced HIV care providers who earn their ‘American Academy HIV Specialty' professional designation every two years by passing a rigorous exam on all aspects of HIV medicine, and by completing required HIV-focused continuing medical education."
Presently Tieszen has the clinic once a month, but there is time in her schedule and money in the Northland Cares budget to have them more frequently. The funds for the clinic come from both federal and private grants, she said.
Northland Cares is currently providing services to about 120 individuals, with only 11 of those using the Payson area clinic.
Tieszen said anyone interested in learning about testing or the other services provided by the clinic can call Northland Cares at (928) 776-4612.
"We can provide a wealth of information about HIV. Whether or not testing is needed, and where to go for it; anything about HIV treatment and management; where to call for any social services that might be needed and a lot more," Tieszen said.