Joseph Health Department, Northwest Health Services Provide HIV Testing

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Health officials like Sal Seeley with Camp Rehoboth want everyone to know that HIV testing is a normal routine procedure that everyone should take advantage of. People tested may also qualify for a free Hepatitis A vaccine. Everything is completely confidential, and you get your test results right on site. You do not have to be present to win. The theme for this year is "Doing it my way, Testing for HIV", reminding individuals that, "it doesn't matter where, when, or how... as long as you do it!"

There are several ways to test for HIV, but the most common one is testing the antigens or antibodies in the blood or oral fluid.

"You'll die from a vehicle crash before you [die of] HIV if you're compliant and you take your medications".

And doctors even approached care for other diseases differently.

An HIV test could save lives - plus, it's quick, easy, and relatively painless. "It is a test that should be on everybody's radar".

HIV is a disease that damages the body's natural ability to fight off illness.

The issue stemming from stigma is that people are scared due to the blame and shame society places on those infected with HIV, said Keegan.

From January to June, 1,944 people benefited from free HIV pre-exposure (PrEP) and post-exposure (PEP) prophylaxis to deal with the the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and its final stage of infection, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). What you share may motivate someone to seek a test and get the powerful information that the results provide for their health.

No appointment is needed.

Instead of people having their glasses filled at the bar and listening to live music, a partnership turned the club into a clinic in the hope people would be more inclined to go to a less clinical spot for testing. There will be on-the-spot interviews and job offers for jobs ranging anywhere from teachers and mental health therapists to case managers and custodians.

She said there were plans in TT and other Caribbean countries to implement a health card for citizens that would prevent illegal migrants from accessing public healthcare. "We'll have our HR staff readily available to ensure we get everyone in here as best we can".

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