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Free Confidential HIV Screenings Available June 28

Date: 06.20.2012
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

What:              
The public is encouraged to visit the METRO Transit Center for free confidential HIV screenings and counseling, sponsored by Summa Akron City Hospital, Summit County Public Health, Violet’s Cupboard, Community AIDS Network, and Native American Indian and Veterans Center, Inc.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximates that more than one million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, but one in five people – more than 240,000 Americans – do not know they are infected.  Reinforcing the importance of early detection and treatment, the CDC updated its guidelines in 2006 to include HIV testing as part of every individual’s routine healthcare. Globally, there are an estimated 33 million people living with HIV.

Why:               
HIV counseling and testing allows those who test negative to learn the information they need to stay uninfected, and helps people with HIV to take the appropriate steps to protect their own health and that of their partners.

When:             
Thursday, June 28, 2012
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:            
METRO Transit Center
Community Room
631 S. Broadway
Akron, OH

Contact:          
Summa’s HIV Specialty Center for AIDS Research and Education (CARE Center) at (330) 375-4851.

Developed in 1988, Summa’s CARE Center is designed to meet the unique healthcare needs of patients with HIV/AIDS in the Akron community. The CARE Center is the only adult, hospital-based HIV/AIDS specialty center between Cleveland and Columbus. The CARE Center staff provides patients with counseling and educational services, outpatient medical treatment, case management, assistance in acquiring medications and referrals for supportive services.

PR Contact:    
Erica Rosenthal
Public Relations Coordinator
Summa Health System
(330) 375-3052
rosenthale@summahealth.org

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.

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