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Free HIV Screenings Available on World AIDS Day, December 2011

Date: 11.22.2011
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, the public is encouraged to visit the Metro Transit Center in Akron where they can receive free, confidential HIV screenings and educational information provided by Summa Akron City Hospital, Summit County Public Health, Violet’s Cupboard, Ryan White Collaborative, East Akron Community House and Native American Indian and Veterans Center, Inc. World AIDS Day was established to raise awareness of the global epidemic and encourage people to be tested.
 
Why:               
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than one million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS; but one in five Americans do not know they are infected. In order to reinforce 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. There are an estimated 33 million people living with HIV worldwide.
 
When:            
Dec. 1, 2011
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
 
Where:          
METRO Transit Center
Community Room
631 S. Broadway
Akron, OH
 
Contact:          
For more information, please contactSumma’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
 
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.