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The Immunodeficiency Services Department at Erie County Medical Center has received state Health Department honors for improvements to its care for HIV patients.

The clinic, the only comprehensive HIV and AIDS care center in Western New York, was cited for sustained improvement in patient retention and viral load suppression, along with its collaborations with NY Links and the In+ Care Campaign.

Representatives of the clinic will receive the 2012 Department of Health AIDS Institute Award for Excellence in Quality Performance on March 14 in New York City.