Tuesday, November 10, 2009

No Needles Required!

Gone are the days when you had to wait a month to get your HIV test results back.

On Monday November 16, from 9am to 11am, Dwayne Jenkins from Nashville Cares will speak about the World AIDS Epidemic and covering everything from breaking the stereotypes with HIV/AIDS to those it can affect.

Stacy Jones, President of Phi Theta Kappa, said, “Phi Theta Kappa requires you to do projects. It is the two-year college national honor society. This year is 'The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences.' We wanted to do something that can affect everybody. That is why we decided as a group to cover HIV/AIDS.” HIV doesn’t discriminate. “It can affect anyone from babies, to rich, to poor, young and old. We hope to dispel some of the stereotypes,” said Jones.

The first thirty people who want to have confidential HIV testing will be able to do so on Monday November 16. “It is first come, first serve. There will be no needles, and it is done with a swab in the mouth with results being given in approximately twenty minutes. Safe sex kits will be given as well. These include condoms, how to use them, and also tips on promoting abstinence,” said Jones.

Student Joey Corso said, “I think it is a good idea for people to find out if they are sick. Finding out in twenty minutes is great. The quicker you find out, the better you feel without having to wait a whole month.” Shannon Ross, student, said of the testing Vol State will be doing on November 16, “It is wonderful. We offered the swab testing where I used to work at Pathfinders, a rehab center.”

This event will be in the Rochelle center of the library.

Photo courtesy of mcrrfoundation.org

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