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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Early Detection: Rapid HIV Testing

AIDS, Blog, Blood, Caring Communities, HIV
Early Detection: Rapid HIV Testing Caring Communities offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL rapid HIV testing! In just 20 minutes, you can know your HIV status. The tests we use have "a proven clinical accuracy of 99.9%." The test can be conducted with a simple finger prick. It is a 4th generation test, so it "can detect HIV earlier than 2nd and 3rd generation antibody-only tests." According to Aidsvu.org, “the number of Pennsylvania residents living with HIV was 33,593 in 2014. In the following year, 2015, there was a total of 1,170 new HIV diagnoses.” HIV can be transmitted through four main bodily fluids: blood, semen (including pre-cum), vaginal fluids, and breast milk. It can be passed from one person to another through these infected fluids. People can have HIV for many years…
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It’s World Hemophilia Day!

AIDS, Blood, Caring Communities, HIV
On World Hemophilia Day, we recognize and remember Corey Dubin, "who was an advocate for people with hemophilia living with HIV." "In the early days of the epidemic, Corey contracted HIV and hepatitis C through infected blood products he used to control his hemophilia. In response, he made it his life’s work to promote a conversation about the nation’s blood safety laws and regulations to prevent future HIV and hepatitis infections." #WHD2017 Please read this article by POZ about Corey Dubin's life and HIV activism from which we pulled these quotes.
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