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AIDS Network Offers Testing, Education in Indianapolis

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On Saturday, December 12, 2008 the AIDS Ministry Network of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) traveled to the John H. Boner Community Center in Indianapolis to conduct free anonymous HIV testing and prevention education focusing on HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Women In Motion, a not-for-profit community based organization in Indianapolis, sponsored a ‘Teen Extravaganza’ where attendees heard from several speakers on topics such as postponing sex and the consequences associated with failure to postpone sex, namely HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The event also included a talent show which showcased vocals, spoken word, and original artwork. Pamela Goodwin, Founder and Executive Director of Women in Motion, contacted the AIDS Ministry Network through the Indiana Counselors and Testers Support Network website, and Wabash Valley PATH of Terre Haute, Indiana.  Indiana Testers is co-sponsored by the AIDS Ministry Network of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

While staff from the Marion County Health Departments Bell Flower Clinic tested for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, the AIDS Ministry Network tested for HIV using a rapid test that takes only 15 minutes. The participating organizations offered counseling to individuals and provided brochures on HIV and STIs to youth as well as parents.

Jody Grieb, a volunteer with the AMNCC, reported that 37 people were tested for HIV and an additional 18 were tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

The AIDS Minsitry Network is available to help bring a faith based, comprehensive HIV/STI prevention program and free anonymous HIV testing through member groups to congregations and other organizations.

Member organizations of the AMNCC promote a ‘Sex Positive’ approach, encouraging abstinence from behaviors that could lead to pregnancy and HIV/STI infection.  These member organizations also believe that taking sex out of the closet and talking about it openly and without judgment will lead to fewer new infections of HIV and STIs, fewer unplanned pregnancies, fewer hate motivated crimes and less discrimination.

Questions about the AMNCC and how your congregation or organization can get involved in comprehensive health education can be directed to Jody Grieb: by email at jgrieb@wvpath.orgor by phone at 812.243.6402.


Written by ccindiananews

January 15, 2009 at 10:13 am

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