Free HIV Testing and Movie Screening for National HIV Testing Day

(Paducah, KY) – Heartland CARES, Inc. (HCI) will provide fast, free and confidential HIV testing as part of National HIV Testing Day, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm at 619 North 30th Street, Paducah and at St. Luke Free Clinic, 408 West 17th Street, Hopkinsville. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people ages 13-64 get tested at least once. People at higher risk should be tested at least once per year and people who engage in more risky behaviors benefit from even more frequent testing.
HCI staff and trained volunteers will administer the rapid test which takes approximately 15 minutes and requires a slight finger prick. As an incentive for testing, the first 20 people who come in for an HIV test will receive a $10 Walmart gift card and have an opportunity to win one of two $50 Walmart gift cards, t-shirts and other prizes.
According to the CDC and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, one in eight Americans who are infected with HIV do not know it. At least one Kentuckian is diagnosed with HIV every day.
“We are able to link a person who tests positive to our clinic for free follow-up care immediately,” according to Heartland Cares Executive Director Donna Reeder. “Our services at HCI are comprehensive, which means that we will not only assist you with medical care, we offer support services to help with every facet of need that an HIV positive client may experience,” Reeder added.
On Thursday, June 28, Heartland CARES will present a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and patrons will have an opportunity to win gift certificates from local restaurants. Dr. Carl LeBuhn, Infectious Diseases Associates, will be the featured speaker.
“Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” (1989) remembers the lives and deaths of those who died from AIDS with stories from people who are commemorated in the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. The film which is narrated by Dustin Hoffman, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1990. Seating for the film screening is limited and will be first come, first served.
Heartland CARES, Inc. is a non-profit, service organization providing comprehensive, client-centered, quality health care, support services, prevention education, and HIV testing in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. Quality health care is provided to persons living with HIV/AIDS, support services are provided to clients and their families, and prevention education and testing are provided to clients, their families, and the community at large. Within the community, we strive to prevent new infections and reduce the stigma associated with this disease by promoting awareness, acceptance, and equality.

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