On Sunday September 27th I AM My Sister's Keeper was blessed to be a part of The Seventh Annual --- Walgreens First Ladies Health Day. As always, our Adolescent Peer Educators and Adult Counselors were on hand to provide HIV/AIDS testing and counseling and to arm the community with the much needed facts about this growing threat to our community.
The First Ladies Health Initiative, comprised of pastors’ wives from 70 churches in Chicago and Northwest Indiana, has partnered with sponsor Walgreens as well as bioLytical Laboratories and the Bishop Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation to offer free health tests simultaneously at their respective churches.
Some 30,000 tests were expected to be administered for high blood pressure, diabetes, breast cancer, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and other illnesses that disproportionately affect African-Americans.
In an exciting new venture, bioLytical will donate 800 of their INSTI® 60-second rapid HIV testing kits here, and for every test administered during the Chicago First Ladies Health Day, bioLytical also will donate a free INSTI® HIV test to the Bishop Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in South Africa.
We would like to thank all of the churches and their First Ladies who allowed us to come alongside, and all of the members, neighbors, and community businesses who ultimately made the day a success.
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