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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
KENTUCKY: Merlene Davis: Two Upcoming Events Will Offer Education About HIV/AIDS Prevention
By Merlene Davis
July 24, 2013 (07.22.2013)

Lexington, Ky., has noted a startling increase in both heroin use and new HIV cases. According to Hope Center’s HIV Project Director Amber Cronen, the rise in reported HIV cases was due to an increase in intravenous drug use in the area. Hope Center offers shelter and recovery programs for homeless and addicted men and provides risk assessments, prevention counseling, and free HIV testing, made possible by a five-year federal grant. To help remind people of the dangers of HIV infection, center representatives and volunteers will be available on August 3 at the 13th annual Family Fun Resource Fair at Shiloh Baptist Church at 237 E. Fifth Street in Lexington. Staff will provide information about HIV/AIDS and prevention as well as health screenings from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The center also will sponsor “Hope in the City” on August 18 in Douglass Park from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 726 Georgetown Street in Lexington.