Presenting Sponsor: Rosedale Infectious Diseases, comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS patients

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Rosedale, located in Huntersville, N.C., is led by Dr. Frederick Cruickshank, who relocated to Charlotte in 2006 and says he right away went about the task of “providing the best medical care for HIV/AIDS and general medicine patients in the area,” with a “desire to treat the whole patient.”

The firm provides medical care with a focus on HIV positive patients’ needs, with services including counseling, advanced therapies and diagnostic tests for the evaluation and management of HIV, patient advocacy and testing. Care is also available for those with HIV and hepatitis C co-infection.

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Free HIV testing is available and can be schedule by emailing mjames@rosedaleid.com. Non-invasive oral tests and rapid tests are used. Rapid tests provide results in approximately 20 minutes.

Clients can take advantage of Rosedale’s onsite pharmacy, which provides an integrated healthcare experience. It also offers a higher comfort and security level than may be experienced at a public pharmacy.

Rosedale participates in a number of clinical trials, and patients can enroll in treatment studies. This helps aid in the advancements of HIV/AIDS health research, and in many cases provides patients with free medication and help with doctor visit payments and the costs of laboratory expenses. By receiving some Ryan White funds, they are able to also offer assistance covering medical expenses for those with HIV, including doctors’ visits and laboratory services. There are two kinds of clinical trials: interventional trials, which include a planned intervention or experiment to test the safety and efficacy of a certain treatment regiment, and observational, which does not include any kind of intervention and instead just gathers information about a group of people.

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Knowing that HIV positive individuals face increased nutritional concerns, Rosedale has a dietician on staff to help teach clients how to eat healthier in order to maintain a stronger body and immune system. Onsite mental health therapy is also offered.

Rosedale has sponsored a number of community and charity events in the past, including the annual Regional AIDS Interfaith Network’s AIDS Walk Charlotte, the Gay Charlotte Film Festival, the Charlotte Human Rights Campaign Gala and more.

For more information about Rosedale Infectious Diseases and to learn more about HIV/AIDS, visit rosedaleid.com or call 704-948-8582.

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Posted by Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor is a journalist and artist. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Inside Lacrosse, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport and has lived in Charlotte since 2006.