In observance of World AIDS Day, the public is invited to participate in free health care screenings from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) 12th Street Health & Wellness Center, 4010 W. 12th St.
The center will provide free HIV testing via mouth swab, rather than needles. People also are invited to receive free health checks for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose, as well as general physical examinations. Test results will be available at the event, too.
Representatives of ARCare, LINQ for Life and student organizations will be on hand for the event. A private, nonprofit organization, ARCare provides affordable primary and dental care at 27 locations in Arkansas with a focus on patient, community and employee health. Linq for Life, also a nonprofit organization, works to educate and increase the awareness about HIV and AIDS.
“The students, faculty and volunteers of the center are eager to improve even further on our World AIDS Day efforts last year and again bring HIV testing to our patients while raising public awareness of HIV and AIDS,” said Lanita White, Pharm.D., director of the UAMS 12th Street Health & Wellness Center. “This event gives us a chance to reach out to this underserved community. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, more than 5,000 Arkansans are living with HIV/AIDS but only half of those individuals actually are receiving care for it.”