The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, or AHF, has plans to open an HIV testing center, health care center, pharmacy and Out of the Closet thrift store on Magazine Street.
The Los Angeles-based foundation has purchased the building on Magazine Street and Sixth Street, the former location of the Belladonna Day Spa. The health care center is tentatively set to open in August, an AHF spokesperson said. AHF is the world’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care, according to the foundation’s website. It operates in 45 countries, and its U.S. medical centers are in 17 states, including Louisiana, with a clinic in Baton Rouge.
The foundation plans to use both floors of the two-story 19th century building at 2900 Magazine St. The first floor will be used as a thrift store and likely a donation center; the upper floor will be used for AIDS and STD testing and a medical clinic.