Heartland CARES, Inc. (HCI) and our partners held resoundingly successful events in Paducah and Hopkinsville as part of National HIV Testing Day, which was observed Tuesday, June 27. National HIV Testing Day was started in 1995 as part of an effort to normalize testing as part of everyone’s health care routine. Since that time, HIV treatments and tests have improved dramatically giving people even more reasons to get tested. HCI’s tests are always fast, free, and confidential.
In Paducah, HCI and its partner Hope Unlimited Family Care Center held an event on June 27 at their facility in Paducah. Paducah’s Panera Bread generously donated snacks for those who came in to get tested that day. Hope Unlimited Family Care Center also offered free sexually transmitted infection screenings as part of the services at the event.
HCI and its partners: St. Luke Free Clinic, Christian County Health Department, and Jennie Stuart Health held an event in Hopkinsville on June 29 at St. Luke Free Clinic. In addition to staff members, HCI board member Mitch Clark, Kentucky Department of Public Health Disease Investigation Specialist Tere-sea Rhea White, and Christian County Health Department Registered Nurse Morgan Meacham generously donated their time for our testing event. All of our partners greatly helped increase awareness of the event in Hopkinsville and kept our testers busy all day.
Forty-seven people were tested in total at HCI’s events in observance of National HIV Testing Day. We want to again thank our generous partners and volunteers who donated their time, space, and supplies as part of the testing events. We look forward to continued success in outreach throughout the year and even larger events for National HIV Testing Day next year.