Cleveland Opens First Gay Health Clinic In Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) - Organizers of a new medical clinic in Cleveland say their center is the first of it's kind in Ohio.

The Pride Clinic, which is dedicated to serving the gay, lesbian and transgender community, had two patients on its opening day last week.

Doctor Douglas Van Auken is medical director at McCafferty Health Center, which houses the clinic. He says it's important for people to feel accepted at their doctor's so that they can answer questions honestly and help doctors treat them.

The clinic is currently open only on Wednesdays and offers screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, hypertension, diabetes and depression. It also has an onsite social worker and
resources for family planning.