April 2, 2021
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JOINT TESTING INITIATIVE TO SCREEN FOR HIV/AIDS AND COVID-19
New Partnership Addresses Gap In HIV/AIDS Surveillance
CINCINNATI, OH – Hamilton County Test and Protect, in partnership with IV-CHARIS (Compassionate Hearts Assisting Restoring Instructing, Serving) is providing free HIV and COVID-19 testing. The upcoming community-tailored events aim to normalize health screenings and increase the number of individuals getting tested for HIV and COVID-19.
“We are rallying local efforts behind this new pandemic, alongside one we’ve been fighting for generations,” stated Camisha Chambers, President & CEO, IV-CHARIS. She continued, “By offering these two tests at the same time, we hope to reach and educate more people in the broader Cincinnati community.”
The two events come at a time when HIV/AIDS screenings and care have plummeted across the country, according to several new studies, as priorities and resources have shifted to the pandemic.
The first event, to be held on Saturday, April 10, will honor National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. IV-CHARIS will conduct HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and referral services, and COVID-19 testing will be administered by UC Health Early Intervention Program, a partner of Test and Protect. All testing is free for those who live, work or attend school in Hamilton County.
Date: Saturday, April 10, 10am – 2pm
Location: Living God Church, 434 Forest Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Date: Sunday, June 27
To register in advance, visit: https://is.gd/TESTandPROTECT