Thursday, March 19, 2009

On the road in Indiana

Today the HIV/AIDS Ministry Network is on the road in Rockville, Indiana. Parke County has a population of just over 17,000 Hoosiers and today we're at the Parke County Family Health and Help Center. Parke County is currenty home to about 25 people who have tested positive for HIV. The number of new diagnoses in this small county in western Indiana doubled in 2008. I was contacted by Susie Waymire, the Administrator of the Parke County Health Department a few weeks ago about conducting outreach testing here. Until today there was not free HIV test available in Parke County. The only option for testing was through local physicians, which runs in excess fo $100.00

As the HIV/AIDS Ministry Network continues to grow, we hope to offer more outreach testing opportunities such as this through our member organizations around the country.

I want to take a moment to thank our friends at Starbucks Coffee Company for their recent donation to the network to help offset the cost of testing at this years General Assembly in Indianapolis.

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