It’s Time to Get Tested, Your Health Matters Most!

Alexandra Blockton
ablockton@lc.edu

 

Ask yourself, “Do I have more than one sexual partner?” or “When is the last time I received AIDS testing?” If you are sexually active at all that means it’s best for you to get tested. You and your health matters most, and that involves taking care of yourself. With this in mind, it would be in your best interest to continue reading for helpful and confidential information regarding your situation.

The Madison County AIDS Program (MadCAP) is an organization that offers case management. The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) offers home services, free HIV and STD testing, risk reduction counseling, and community presentations. New care case management is for clients who have been diagnosed with HIV in the past six months and/or have never received medical care related to their HIV status. Medical case management, of which Ryan White is a sponsor, is the coordination of client-centered services that link people with healthcare, support, and other benefits. The Home Services through the DRS provides assistance with household tasks and personal care to persons/customers who have difficulty maintaining themselves in the home. The mission statement at MadCAP is: “to prevent the spread of HIV and to respond to the needs of people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS while recognizing and respecting the dignity and privacy of all individuals in a non-judgemental way.”

To summarize, I would like to thank Brandon Becton with whom I got a chance to meet at Fall Festival this year! Mr. Becton is associated with MadCAP and specializes in informing people of what’s in their best interest regarding getting tested for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. He is such a humble and consummate individual. I’m very glad I was able to get a chance to meet him!

Funding Sources for MadCap are provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Private Donations, United Way of Greater St. Louis, Division of Rehabilitation and the Ryan White CARE Act. Additionally, MadCAP is a program of Coordinated Youth and Human Services, a non-profit organization. MadCAP is dedicated to providing quality service to anyone living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. They make services and testing available, so you have nothing to lose, and good health to gain!

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