March 17, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

New HIV Outreach Provides Onsite Testing

This week the health department’s HIV clinic begins a new program designed to reach out to people with HIV education, prevention, testing and treatment.

“We are seeing the need to take our services out into the community in order to reach more people,” says Administrator of Community Health and Epidemiology Kendra Williams. “We’ll start with two venues where we believe we can reach a significant number of people, but we’ll be continuously reevaluating the outreach program to look for additional ways to offer these critical services.”

The program will offer testing at Bill’s Place on Commercial Street, beginning today. On March 24th, staff will provide services to individuals who attend the “Hope Connection” event at OTC.

“The decision to reach outside the facility with our services is based in part on feedback from our clients,” adds Williams. “The mission of public health is to slow and stop the spread of disease. It is critical that people know their HIV status, so they can work with us and with other agencies to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and protect the people they love.”

HIV testing is offered at the health department Monday through Friday on a walk-in basis, beginning at 8:00 am and on Tuesdays by appointment only. Call (417) 864-1684 to schedule an appointment. Services are provided at no cost and are confidential.

For more information, contact: Jaci McReynolds, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-1205 office; (417) 830-9511 cell

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