Free Hepatitis C Testing Now Available

Big Country AIDS Resources now offers Hepatitis C screening as a part of our HIV/STD testing program.   Anyone at risk for Hepatitis C can call for more information about our new service.   BCAR now provides free HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis C testing.   325-672-3077

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Month

While National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is next Sunday, February 7th, BCAR is honoring the fight against HIV during the entire month of February.

According to the www.blackaidsday.org website, "The only way to really be engaged is to know our HIV status and not be afraid to go and get tested as well as return for the results. We cannot expect to improve our health if we are afraid of knowing how healthy we are or are not."

Taking an HIV test is simple and easy.

If you don't know your HIV status, you don't know enough about HIV.

Want to know more?   Want to be tested?  Call us at 325.672.3077.

 

2010 News from BCAR

Prevention Services

BCAR's prevention staff established new testing sites in Brownwood, Haskell, and Sweetwater during the fall of 2009.  We will continue to staff these sites and are looking for other opportunities to test in other parts of our service area.   If you know people who need to be tested or have an idea of a site where we could regularly test, please call Crystal or Jeff for more information.  Our main number is 325-672-3077.

BCAR is planning now for National Black AIDS Awarness Day on February 7, 2010.  We are looking for volunteers to help with this event.  If you want to help make a difference in our community, please give us a call.

Supportive Services

BCAR HIV+ clients will receive a letter this month detailing program changes.  If you haven't called to shedule your service update, you should make the call.  We want to make certain you have the information you need about program changes and how they may affect you.

Local Partnerships Needed to Help our Clients

If you or your organization is interested in helping BCAR provide supportive services to our clients, there are several ways you can help.

Each week our food pantry tries to stock both food staples, nutritious food, and personal hygiene supplies.   We get most of our food from the Food Bank of West Central Texas, but some of our needed items are not readily available.  Instead we must use grant dollars to buy these products.

Client Satisfaction Survey

Updated, 12/17/2009

While the official survey deadline was this past Monday, surveys continue to come in.  As a result, we will accept surveys through December 31st.  If you are a BCAR client and haven't completed your survey, please take a few minutes now to do so. 

Clients are encouraged to participate in our annual satisfaction survey.   Results will be used to help our organization improve services to individuals living with HIV in the Abilene health service delivery area, the 19-counties normally called West Central Texas.

 

Click Here to take the survey

World AIDS Day

Today we wear the red ribbon to honor all those living with HIV/AIDS and those who work to halt the spread of this disease.

We wear the ribbon as a reminder of all those lost to HIV/AIDS.  They were our friends and family.  We miss them.

We wear the ribbon as a reminder that no one is immune to HIV/AIDS.  Every one of us has the responsibility to help prevent the spread of HIV. 

We wear the ribbon as a reminder that everyone needs to know their HIV status.  Getting tested is the best way most of us can help prevent the spread of HIV.

Community Assessment

BCAR is currently conducting an online Community Assessment.  We need residents from our entire service area to participate in this important survey.  Results will be used to help improve our services to the community.

Please take a few minutes now to participate in our survey by clicking on the following link.

Updated: September 30, 2009 - Our Fall 2009 Online Community Assessment is now closed.  We will be posting highlights of the assessment during the month of October.

Assessment Highlights are now available for download.

 

 

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and HIV

Updated - October 9, 2009
The CDC is recommending that HIV positive persons be immunized for the seasonal and H1N1 influenza using killed vaccine.   According to the CDC any injected flu vaccine is developed from a killed vaccine.  Weakened live virus vaccines are administered through a nasal spray.
 
The CDC also recommends that HIV positivie individuals speak with their primary care physician about the need to receive an initial or booster immunization for pneumonia. 
 
To read more about seasonal flu and H1N1 influenza, we recommend http://flu.gov/
 
If you have any questions about your need for flu immunizations, please contact your primary care provider. 
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The threat of an H1N1 flu (formerly called Swine Flu) epidemic in the United States has many people living with HIV concerned about their health and safety.  According to the most recent updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are the facts.
Are people with HIV/AIDS at greater risk than other people of infection with H1N1 flu?  
We don't know, but people with HIV/AIDS can experience more severe complications of seasonal influenza.  It is possible that HIV-infected adults and adolescents are also at higher risk for complications from infection with the H1N1 virus. 
What can people with HIV/AIDS do to protect themselves from H1N1 flu?

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