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Free HIV testing event coming to Sullivan

By Times Staff
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IU Health will be bringing their Positive Link service to Sullivan on
Wednesday.

Positive Link HIV Services-IU Health offers a holistic approach to
managing HIV. They offer HIV prevention resources including access to
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the once-a-day HIV prevention pill.
If someone is living with HIV, they offer a full continuum of
services, everything from medical care to housing support.

The event will be hosted at the Pace Health Connection building at
1120 N. Section Street and will be from 1 to 4 p.m. All services
offered will be free to anyone attending.

All involved providers are very excited to see the impact made
bringing this service to Sullivan. Kristen Patterson, a Health
Educator that will be in attendance stated, “In my role, I work to
prevent new cases of HIV and Hepatitis C. At this event, we will
provide free testing for the community. I have been in this role for
seven years, so am not new to the field. Come see me even if you just
want to talk, I love educating people.”

This will be the first time that Pace Health Connection has partnered
with IU Health. “We are so grateful to Dr. Pitcher and her staff at
Health Connection for pursuing this collaboration. We look forward to
offering a variety of free services at the event,” exclaims Meredith
Short, Outreach Coordinator for IU Health.

Health Connection provides reproductive health care and contraception
to men, women, families and teens. Our services are confidentia,
provided on a sliding-fee scale according to income levels.
Confidential, voluntary services include comprehensive family planning
services to men and women of child-bearing age; breast and cervical
screening; hormonal and non-hormonal birth control methods; emergency
contraceptive services; adolescent abstinence/risk behaviors
education; screening, diagnosing, and treatment for sexually
transmitted infections such aschlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis; HIV
testing and counseling; pregnancy testing and counseling; condom
distribution; and education.

Michelle Pitcher, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C, Clinical Services Director,
stated “We are excited to collaborate with Positive Link HIV
Service-IU Health to bring awareness of their services as well as
ours. Working as separate organizations we can only do so much;
together as committed partners, we can create a vision with a common
goal to improve the lives of the residents in Sullivan County.”

For more information on the event, contact Peyton Jones at
pjones@pacecaa.org or Meredith Short at mshort4@iuhealth.org.


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