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Health Horizons opens new Nacogdoches facility

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Saturday the Dr. Wilbert Brown Jr. Health Center opened its doors to the public for the first time.

"We've made a lot of progress because we're going from a small building with no room for examinations to a larger building," said Dr. Wilbert Brown Jr., Director, Health Horizons.

For 23 years Health Horizons has offered STD testing and prevention information to the Nacogdoches community and after outgrowing three previous facilities, officials say they are a proud to finally have a place to call home.

"It's a vital improvement to our community out people need a place where they can come and be comfortable," said Gary Roberts, Prevention Coordinator.

The health center is geared specifically towards helping those with HIV and AIDS and provides testing for those at risk.

"HIV even though it's a 30-year-old epidemic people are still getting infected. Our objective is to bring awareness to our community," said Roberts.

Health Horizons Director Dr. Wilbert Brown Jr. says they offer not only testing, but dental care, metal services and medical transportation.

Brown says they hope to ensure those living with HIV can get the health care they need.

"It's supposed to be a one stop shop that if a client comes in battling HIV whether he was diabetes or hypertension we're able to do that as well," said Brown.

Officials say prevention is another key objective for the center. 

"A lot of young people are being infected that's the scary part because the young people are still taking risks," said Roberts.

 And they hope to educate the younger generation and encourage them to know their status.

The center is open Monday through Friday by appointment only.

 On Monday walk-in are welcome for testing.

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