Thursday, June 27, 2013
Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Lowcountry AIDS Services, Barbering Plus, and the Goose Creek NAACP have partnered to provide free HIV AIDS testing and AIDS Awareness information.
The testing is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 at Barbering Plus, located at 1750 Remount Road, Suite E in North Charleston.
“Education, testing, and care are critical when it comes to the treatment and prevention of this complex condition," said Minister Angenita Watson, the head of the HIV AIDS Ministry at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. "We have supported people living with HIV/AIDS and assisted in providing HIV AIDS Awareness and free testing for several years and will continue to do so.”
Free testing will be provided by Lowcountry AIDS Services (LAS). LAS is the tri-county area's only comprehensive AIDS/HIV service provider. It welcomes all inquiries, from all members of the community.
Since 2005 Lowcountry AIDS Services has reached out to over 4,500 individuals through street outreach, nightclub outreach, faith community outreach and Internet outreach. The goal is to actively seek out at risk individuals in their community environment and provide them with prevention education information on HIV/AIDS and other services offered by the agency.
David Cakley is the president of Goose Creek NAACP.
“The NAACP issued a call to action to the faith community to champion the importance of HIV testing and prevention in their respective congregations and communities,” he said. “Through this significant collaboration, we can help more people avoid this tragic disease.”
National HIV Testing Day, according to aids.gov, was first observed on June 27, 1985, and was established as an observance on this date each year to promote HIV testing.