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A Southern HIV/AIDS Program With All the Fixins

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Science  13 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6091, pp. 172-173
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6091.172-b

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Few people would confuse this city, dubbed the Pittsburgh of the South because of the iron and steel industry that once boomed here, with San Francisco. Yet here in the heart of the Deep South, the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) has built a full-service HIV/AIDS center modeled on the widely praised program at San Francisco General Hospital. Not only does UAB's 1917 Clinic perform cutting-edge research and pivotal clinical trials, but it has also helped patients overcome the stigma about HIV that is all too prevalent in this part of the country and stay in treatment and on their drugs.