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Thursday, November 14, 2019

CARBONDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 5K Event Commemorates World Aids Day

By Press release submission | Nov 7, 2019

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Carbondale Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on.

December 2019 marks the 31st annual World AIDS Day. To honor those who have been lost, as well as those living with HIV/AIDS, Jackson County Health Department and other community partners are holding the 2nd Annual Santa Speedo and Mrs. Claus in Bras 5K on Saturday, December 7th, 8:30 a.m.

Location is the Life Community Center, 2500 West Sunset Drive in Carbondale. Come and join the fun wearing your professional running attire or spice it up with a little holiday fun! Have your picture taken with Santa and join us in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Register at www.runsignup.com/santa5kcdale

First observed in 1988, World AIDS Day was initiated by health ministries from around the world who called for a spirit of social tolerance, greater awareness, and the reduction stigma. Today we still have the same urgent message of tolerance, compassion, greater awareness and reducing stigma. According to Paula Clark, Director of the HIV Division at Jackson County Health Department, “HIV is still among us in each and every community. Of every 10 people who have HIV, 6 are unaware. People need to know their HIV status and reduce their risk. The community has grown complacent. Yes, it’s true that deaths from AIDS have declined, but transmission still remains a concern.”

HIV Testing is available through your physician or your local health department. To find a testing location near you go to http://hivcareconnect.com/. If you are HIV+, receiving treatment adds years to your life and reduces the spread of HIV.

PrEP, (Pre-Exposure prophylaxis) is a once a day pill that reduces the chance of HIV transmission. PrEP services at Jackson County include: education, medication access, referral to PrEP-friendly clinicians, and most importantly, enrollment into appropriate medication assistance programs, including co-pay assistance for those with insurance. PrEP is a medication that, when used consistently, has been shown to prevent HIV infection in someone who is exposed to HIV through unprotected sex or injection drug use. Clark says, “If you are HIV+ we have programs to help you. Now if you are HIV- we have ways to help you reduce your risk of infection”. To find out if PrEP is right for you or someone you know please call (618) 684-3143 ext. 155.

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