23
Jun
09

CARES to offer free STD services

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. – On June 27, which is National HIV Testing Day, Mobile County Health Department personnel will begin offering confidential STD services at no charge on the last Saturday of every month at South Alabama CARES (Community AIDS Resources, Education & Support), 2054 Dauphin St. Clinic hours will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

In addition to HIV testing, services will include testing for gonorrhea, hepatitis, chlamydia, and syphilis. Hepatitis A/B and TDaP vaccinations will also be available.

According to Dr. Bert Eichold, Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department, 250,000 of the one million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States are unaware of their status.

“We encourage anyone who is sexually active to discuss testing for HIV/AIDS and other STDs with their health care provider, even if they have no symptoms,” Eichold says.

The Mobile County Health Department’s STD Clinic also offers confidential testing and medications at no charge from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is located at 251 N. Bayou Street. There is a $1 registration fee and a picture ID is required. For more information, call the STD Clinic at 690-8153.

South Alabama CARES is a not-for-profit agency that provides support, assistance, education, and advocacy for people affected by HIV and AIDS, and HIV prevention education. For more information, call 471-5277.

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