New Jersey doctor's office designed to welcome members of the LGBTQ community opens
A doctor's office is opening today in New Jersey, designed to welcome members of the LGBTQ community.
Virtua Health is launching Pride Primary Care in Marlton, something that's personal for doctors like Shanin Gross.
"Right now, the LGBTQ community is feeling very strained,” says Gross.
They hope a practice like this will help.
"Having a practice that is affirming and safe and celebrates you as a person and not just as a patient,” says Gross.
Making it more likely a person will be engaged in their health care. The focus is care that affirms a person's gender identity -- HIV testing, treatment and other general needs. For some, it fills a void.
"Typically, we have to go over the bridge or we're looking into urban areas but for those of us in our suburban communities to have an organization and a pride practice just like this in our own backyard, it really goes a long way,” says Shane Lipscomb, of Medford.
He says he was on a medicine that helps prevent HIV. Doctors are not always well-versed, but this time is different.
"You're with these physicians, Dr. Gross, Dr. Levine -- who had the same similar experiences to you that can recognize that."
They say part of a cultural change in South Jersey.