Free HIV Testing Comes To Dothan

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Medical Aids Outreach, or MAO, is trying to spread awareness on HIV.
Not only do they provide information but they're also going out into the community to do testing, at a price everyone can afford.

HIV testing at a barber shop isn't something you see often. But Medical Aids Outreach is trying to change that.

"People will feel more comfortable at the barber shop or where ever they are, where they make their regular visits, they'll feel more comfortable instead of going to some doctors office. Sometimes people are nervous and get the white coat syndrome and get nervous and don't want to go to the doctor," says Medical Aids Outreach Health Educator, Neice Danzey.

"A lot of people don't go to the hospital, a lot of people don't go to the doctor, so when they do see chances to check their selves and learn more about themselves, they jump and are willing to do it, " says Owner of DeeJay's Classic Cuts, DeeJay Richardson.

With a large number of reported HIV cases in Houston County, MAO is giving back by giving test.

"Houston county is 419; that's diagnosed cases of HIV, that's not counting the people that don't know their hiv positive. If you take that number and multiply it by seven, then you'll get a more accurate count of how many people actually living with hiv. There's probably close to three thousand people in Houston County alone," says Danzey.

Not only is the testing fast and free but it's easy. All they do is swab, you wait 20 minutes and you get your results.

"It wont hurt your business. You will see that people will enjoy you doing this for the community and if we all come together we can make it a better community, that's what this is about, making Dothan better, " says Richardson.

"It's very important for everyone to know their status, knowledge is power," says Danzey.

So far, Medical Aids Outreach has tested 25 people at DeeJay's Classic Cuts Barber Shop, in less than a month's time.

Any business owner or organization that would like "Medical Aids Outreach" to do testing at their facility should call them at 334-673-0494.

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