Founded in 1988, the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta is one of Atlanta’s oldest continuously operating HIV/AIDS service organizations.
The agency learned in mid-September it would be forced from its home on Ponce de Leon Avenue after its building was purchased by a real estate developer who planned to build new residential properties.
The move to ARCA’s new location at 440 Ralph McGill Blvd. has been challenging, Dr. Melanie Thompson, ARCA executive director, told GA Voice.
“We were given about eight weeks, but it took us a long time to find a place where we wanted to live, given all the different constraints,” Thompson said. “We had been in our old place 22 years. You can imagine how much stuff accumulates over 22 years.”
Melanie Thompson is joining the Georgia Department of Public Health as a special adviser for HIV, STD's, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis, according to a statement released by the department's commissioner, Brenda Fitzgerald.
Thompson is the principal investigator with the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and currently serves on the International AIDS Society-USA Antiretroviral Guidelines Panel and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care Guidelines Panel on Entry Into and Retention in Care and Antiretroviral Adherence.
“My feeling is that we can best address the challenges we face with good external input and an overarching plan to guide us,” Fitzgerald said today.