By Anthony De Jesús, Integrated Paseo Project
CTR Specialist of Integrated PASEO, Carlos Torres, at the Norwegian American Hospital testing site finalizing a specimen to send to the lab
Sex, drugs, and Rock n’ Roll still exist in society and still play a prominent role in many communities. Two out of these three elements (sex and drugs) can give way to becoming exposed to infections that can lead to death if left untreated. Integrated PASEO, A Puerto Rican Cultural Center program that provides free screening, testing, and treatment as well as prevention, education, and care services, has a responsibility to these communities to decrease this prevalence of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV), and other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and to stop the spread while increasing awareness.
Every weekday, Integrated PASEO offers free testing to individuals for HIV, HCV, and STI’s. For anyone who screens positive, a referral is made for treatment; any individual who screens positive for substance abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are allowed to participate in the free “Seeking Safety” Counseling Program.
Please take advantage of the free services and stop by the Norwegian American Hospital location on any weekday, Monday through Friday, at anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to get tested or stop by the Garfield Park Community Center location on any weekday, Monday through Friday, at anytime between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM to receive free HIV and HCV testing and screening, free harm reduction kits, free female and male condoms, and free packages of lubrication.