DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN - Ground was broken Thursday on a clinic that promises to give hope to thousands of Brooklyn?s female HIV/AIDS patients.

Housing Works will open its newest clinic next spring in the downtown area. The facility, which will be run by women for women, will offer services ranging from dental care to mammograms. Housing Works also provides emergency housing and mental health services to HIV/AIDS patients. Officials say the fact that the clinic is run by women will help break down barriers in treating the growing female HIV/AIDS population.

Diane Williams, who contracted the virus in the 80s, says she thought her life was over when she learned she was infected. Williams, who has two children, credits Housing Works with helping turn her life around. She now works full-time and says her health is good, despite having the virus.

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