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New York: Campaign to Get Staten Islanders Tested for HIV

June 23, 2009

To advance its goal of reaching the 56 percent of residents who have never been tested for HIV, the Staten Island Ryan White HIV CARE Network is distributing "Status Check" postcards with information on free testing locations.

"Staten Island may have the lowest HIV rates, but is has the highest HIV-related mortality rates," said Karina Ryan, CARE Network coordinator. "The message of HIV testing and prevention is a message that must be spread to all Staten Islanders."

The cards, in English and Spanish, include the statement: "Man, Woman, Gay, Straight, Young, Old. You've gotta get tested for HIV. Found early it's treatable. Ignore it, and it's deadly." They will be given out by community groups, faith-based organizations, and businesses. Those wanting to help distribute the educational materials are asked to telephone the CARE Network at 718-808-1414.

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Adapted from:
Staten Island Advance

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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