End of Summer Picnic at Ricketts Glen

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As summer starts to wind down, Caring Communities organized a picnic for clients as a way to slow down, relax, and take in the natural beauty of Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton, PA. Though, with a bright, sunny day, a lake full of enthusiastic swimmers, and temperatures pushing 90 degrees, the only indicator of the incoming autumn was the sparse layer of fallen leaves. Caring Communities commandeered a pavilion overlooking Lake Jean and its mini beach. As clients trickled in, it was easy to see the worry of everyday life shed and the relaxation settle in. Guests were welcomed with hot-off-the-grill hamburgers, cook out staples like macaroni salad, and homemade cookies for dessert. Participants were free to explore the park, including trails rife with waterfalls, a walk along the…
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Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day!

AIDS, Blog, Caring Communities, HIV
From AIDSInfo: "Thanks to treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART), people with HIV are living longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, an estimated 45% of Americans living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older. September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—a day to call attention to challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care that older Americans face. For example, although HIV risk factors are similar for all adults, older adults may be less aware of these factors and the importance of testing to detect HIV in its earliest stages. CDC reports that in 2014, 40% of people aged 55 and older were diagnosed with AIDS at the time of HIV diagnosis." There are many misconceptions about who is most affected…
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Telehealth, the Newest Program from Caring Communities

AIDS, Blog, Blood, Caring Communities, HIV, Transmission
Since the mid-1990s, Caring Communities has offered HIV Case Management services to those living with HIV or AIDS in North Central Pennsylvania.  In January 2017, our agency expanded these services to individuals living with HIV and AIDS in Northeastern Pennsylvania by offering case management out of our clinic in Hazleton, PA.  Today, we continue to offer these services throughout twelve counties in Pennsylvania including Bradford, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Wyoming. Many of the counties we serve are quite rural and it's especially challenging for individuals we help in those counties to travel to medical facilities for health services.  That's why Caring Communities has started a new Telehealth program to offer quality health care services for individuals living with HIV or AIDS.  This program…
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Today is HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day!

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Please click the post link to see the video and full post! Let's Kick ASS—AIDS Survivor Syndrome - PSA from Let's Kick ASS on Vimeo. From POZ Magazine: "HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day is held annually on June 5th on the anniversary of the first published report of what came to be known as AIDS. On June 5, 1981 the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a brief account of five young gay men that had been diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), indicating signs of severely compromised immune systems. The account sent huge shockwaves throughout the LGBT community and eventually, around the world. 2018 is a big year in the lives of survivors. It has been 37 years since the announcement HIV. It is also the 20th…
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Today is National Transgender HIV Testing Day!

AIDS, Blog, Caring Communities, HIV
From the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health: "April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD), an observance designed to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender people. The observance is organized by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. In the United States, it is estimated that around 1.4 million adults identify as transgender. Transgender women are at high risk of having HIV and of contracting HIV. Transgender women of color, especially black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women, experience disproportionately high rates of HIV. There is a gap in research on HIV and transgender men; few studies have gathered HIV prevalence data for this population." For more information on why HIV testing and prevention is important…
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