Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix announced a clinical education affiliation, providing HIV/AIDS health sciences education through internships and student fellowships.

UA medical students will begin internship rotations at the Southwest Center beginning in 2013.

This is the first medical student internship affiliation program developed with an Arizona-based HIV/AIDS agency and the Arizona Board of Regents in the history of the AIDS epidemic.

Southwest Center provides training for those in the medical field who want to understand the complexities of serving patients with HIV, which includes providing primary care treatment combined with emotional, nutritional, and healthy lifestyle support.

Southwest Center’s HIV instructional programs help medical and social service providers learn about HIV as a disease, as well as how to treat the comprehensive needs of those impacted by a disease that brings stigma, isolation and shame.

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