Pennsylvania: A Free Precaution; Group Offers HIV, STD Tests, Prevention Information
September 27, 2010
AIDS Community Alliance (ACA) of South Central Pennsylvania has partnered with eight other organizations to bring free HIV testing to gay bars, public housing complexes, and church breakfasts across the region. Statewide, the outreach has been a huge success, said Steve Kowelski, senior public health adviser for the state's STD program. Thousands of people have been tested, and many more have learned how to reduce risky sexual behaviors, he said.
ACA had some reservations about whether gay bar patrons in smaller towns would accept testing. Larger cities tend to have bigger, more cohesive gay populations, and being gay or lesbian is more commonplace, said Terry Kurtz, vice president and director of education services at ACA. Who would utilize the tests, he wondered -- those most at risk, or the "worried well?"
Patriot News (Harrisburg)
09.18.2010; Dana Fishlock
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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