Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
CLARKSDALE – As people around the world united in the fight against HIV Monday, Coahoma Community College supported the cause by offering free HIV/AIDS testing.
During the event sponsored by the CCC Student Health Center and the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center, CCC students and employees took advantage of the free testing from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The testing process was painless, and participants received their confidential results within 20 minutes. In addition to a free test, those attending received brochures and materials about the importance of knowing you status and safe sex methods. The Clarksdale-Marks Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. also provided refreshments.
CCC Nurse Athsicia Gooden said events like these important for individuals to know their status and to raise awareness about the disease.
“We’re giving students the opportunity to get tested if they choose,” said Gooden. “Anybody that has ever had unprotected sex needs to be tested.”
Gooden said HIV could happen to anyone, citing a statistic that every 35 minutes a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.
“It’s very important to know your status because the earlier you detect it, the greater your chances of survival with treatment,” she said. “HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence that it once was. As long as you are compliant with your medication, you can live a long time and lead a good life.”
Those who missed the event can still learn their status by visiting one of three Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center sites located in Clarksdale, Tunica or Batesville.
CLICK HERE to view more photos from the event on CCC’s Facebook page!