Columbians Recieve Free Medical Testing

1 decade 4 years 2 months ago Monday, October 10 2005 Oct 10, 2005 Monday, October 10, 2005 2:28:11 PM CDT October 10, 2005 in News

But people didn't just come to get tested.  With music and barbeque it was more of a party.

But Layota Hooker thinks getting tested is the most important part.  "It's a shame people about that people out here don't want to get tested because they ashamed of it and they feel like if they get tested people are gonna think they got AIDS and you never know you got it if you don't get tested," she said.

It only takes about one minute to get tested for Hepatitis C, and it's only part of the testing they did.  They also offered HIV tests.  It was all for free and anyone could come in and get the tests done.  With the DJ's bringing in the crowd, this event is more than just getting tested for HIV and Hepititis C, it's also about making younger people aware of their health.

"Younger people feel like it can't happen to them," said Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) representative Carren Summerfield.  "I think they feel like it happens to people not within their group, and I think they need to realize a lot of the behaviors they are exhibiting are risk behaviors and that it only takes one time and it only takes one person, and we are trying to get good prevention information out as well as getting people tested."

This is the third year for this event.  RAIN offers medical help and counseling for anyone who tests positive.

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