HIV

Unique HIV Testing Campaign Begins

Feb 1, 2018
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A new HIV campaign in the Louisville area will pay people to be tested for the virus. 

The campaign is being managed by Volunteers of America, which will pay $10 to people who test themselves and another $15 if they refer others for testing. Funding comes from the Centers for Disease Control. 
Program Manager Marshall Keller says the campaign can make a big difference in Louisville. 

Aaron Payne | Ohio Valley ReSource

Imagine living and working somewhere designed to fit a couple hundred people. Now picture that same space crammed with twice that number. Madison County, Kentucky, Jailer Doug Thomas doesn’t have to imagine it. He lives it.

“I’m doing all that I can with what I have to work with, which is not a lot,” he said. “Because we’re a 184 bed facility with almost 400 people.”

 

Mary Meehan

Another community in south central Kentucky has signed off on the creation of a needle exchange for drug abusers. In a 4-3 vote, the Barren County Fiscal Court approved the program that will allow intravenous drug users to swap dirty needles for clean ones at the local health department.

For the ninth year in a row, hundreds of individuals and families will go out to breakfast, lunch or dinner and, at the same time, help support a local service organization.

A total of 43 Lexington restaurants are participating in this year's Dining Out for Life.


Mary Meehan/Ohio Valley ReSource

Sitting on top of the Bible on Pastor Brad Epperson’s desk at the Clay City First Church of God is a list of goals for his small congregation written in a looping cursive hand.


AVOL

 

AIDS Volunteers Inc, of Lexington, has secured a $100,000 grant from the Elton John Foundation.  A large portion of the money will be used to purchase a mobile outreach vehicle that will provide HIV and Hepatitis C testing in Eastern and Central Kentucky. 

 


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Public health officials warn that rural Appalachia might be just a few dirty needles away from an HIV catastrophe, as the region is gripped by an epidemic of injection drug abuse and hepatitis C.