: News

Filed Under:

Alexandria Health Department. Steps In To Fill Void

Play associated audio
Local LGBT Activist Matt Bamford (left) poses Alexandria Public Health Nurse Supervisor Debby Dimon.
Jonathan Wilson
Local LGBT Activist Matt Bamford (left) poses Alexandria Public Health Nurse Supervisor Debby Dimon.

The Whitman-Walker Clinic in Northern Virginia closed its doors earlier this year and now the Alexandria Health Department is trying a few new things to fill the void.

Matt Bamford, an activist in the local gay community, is spreading the word that the Alexandria Health Department's new Rainbow Tuesdays Clinic happens on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month...

"A lot of people have been like, 'Okay, well, we feel comfortable with Whitman-Walker, we know Whitman-Walker,'" said Bamford. "And it's very hard to get men out of their comfort zone."

Debby Dimon, a public health nurse supervisor, says losing Whitman-Walkers Arlington location was a blow to the entire area...

"There's no gay, bisexual, transgendered clinic in Northern Virginia, and we wanted to have a clinic that would reach the needs of men in our community".

Dimon says a growing need is treatment for Syphilis because after nearly being eradicated in the 90's, it has been on the rise since 2001.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says men who have sex with men account for 65 percent of new cases.

Treatment for the Syphilis is free at the Rainbow Tuesdays clinic.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.