LUTHERAN FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS RECOGNIZED NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY WITH RINGING OF NASDAQ BELL
Thursday, June 28, 2007
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LUTHERAN FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS RECOGNIZED NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY WITH RINGING OF THE NASDAQ OPENING BELL
Lutheran encourages the community to take advantage of its confidential HIV counseling and testing
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June 28, 2007, Brooklyn, New York
In recognition of HIV Testing Day, Lutheran's own Larry K. McReynolds, executive director of the Lutheran Family Health Centers, and Cheryl Hall, vice president of Governmental and Corporate Affairs, helped ring the NASDAQ stock market opening bell yesterday along with OraSure Technologies (maker of the OraQuick rapid test), the National Association of People with AIDS, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and community-based organizations.
"As a result of our partnership with OraSure, more people are getting tested for HIV in a variety of new places like dentists offices, places of worship, health fairs, homeless shelters and many others," says Larry K. McReynolds, executive director of Lutheran Family Health Centers. "More importantly, the rapid test brings us one step closer to including HIV screening as a routine part of preventive care for everyone."
Testing for the HIV antibodies with OraQuick Advance requires only a drop of blood taken from a finger prick or a simple swab of the gums. The test provides results within 20 minutes enabling you to find out your results during the same visit. It is over 99 percent accurate. A person can be infected with HIV but it could take as many as 10 years before they begin to show symptoms. That's why it's important to get tested as soon as possible.
The Lutheran Family Health Centers network encourages the community to take advantage of its confidential HIV counseling and testing. LFHC's offers the OraQuick Advance at all nine health center sites. Please call for more information, hours or to make an appointment:
- Sunset Park Family Health Center, 150 55th Street, 718-630-7237
- Bay Ridge Family Health Center, 9711 3rd Avenue, 718-759-9126
- Brooklyn Chinese Family Health Center, 812 54th Street, 718-686-2680
- Caribbean American Family Health Center, 3414 Church Avenue, 718-940-9425
- Family Physician Health Center, 5616 6th Avenue, 718-439-5440
- Park Ridge Family Health Center, 6317 4th Avenue, 718-492-8233
- Park Slope Family Health Center, 220 13th Street, 718-832-5980
- Shore Road Family Health Center, 9000 Shore Road, 718-491-1122
- Sunset Terrace Family Health Center, 514 49th Street, 718-437-5280
The Lutheran Family Health Center network is the ambulatory health care delivery system for Lutheran Medical Center. This community-based system provides a comprehensive array of primary and specialty services with more than 600,000 outpatient visits a year. The network includes nine full-time community health centers (located in Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Park Slope and Flatbush), eight medical partnerships, eleven school based health centers and community programs, including three WIC programs, adult and family literacy programs, two child care centers and a family wellness center to serve those affected by the September 11th tragedy. From its nationally recognized chronic disease management programs to its literacy and family counseling initiatives the Lutheran Family Health Centers and Lutheran Medical Center have been dedicated to Brooklyn's overall health for more than 122 years.
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