HopeHealth began in 1991 in the living room of a woman whose two adult children had tested positive for HIV.
It now has a $4 million budget, as well as offices in Florence, Orangeburg and Aiken that serve 1,300 people in 12 counties. Most of the money comes from the federal government, under the Ryan White Care Act.
HopeHealth has expanded its services with a clinic open to people who don’t have HIV. “That changes our mission somewhat,” said executive director Carl Humphries.
Its recent designation as a federally qualified health center has allowed it to bring in more money to hire more doctors and nurses, including the center’s first full-time primary-care physician. The extra money also cushions the organization against funding cuts for HIV programs.