HIV prevention, testing and education has fallen short. Education is mostly done at community events where HIV testing takes place. It is barely mentioned in the schools, media, at home or even among friends and students."
Michael A. Kehoe, CEO and director of HIV Prevention and Education CARES Outreach Services Inc.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Blood Pressure Testing is defined as "A complete cholesterol test — also called a lipid panel or lipid profile — is a blood test that can measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. A cholesterol test can help determine your risk of the buildup of plaques in your arteries that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout your body (atherosclerosis). High cholesterol levels usually don't cause any signs or symptoms, so a cholesterol test is an important tool. High cholesterol levels often are a significant risk factor for heart disease."
CARES operates a FREE Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) that is available for private, corporate and community events. All tests and screenings can be done on the MTU. Mobile Unit available upon request at no charge for staff. Mileage rate may apply depending on location outside of Sarasota County.
CARES Outreach provides FREE or low-cost* Health Screenings to the community, i.e. Blood pressure, Glucose, Cholesterol*, HIV Testing-Counseling-Linkage To Care, STD's, Hepatitis C through community collaboration as well as Educational Presentations on Obesity, Healthy Heart / Cholesterol, Sweet Spot / Diabetes, Alcohol and Medicine / Prescription Review.
CARES Outreach is participating in a Center for Disease Control directive called 'High Impact Prevention' (HIP) program. The program calls for increased attention and awareness in HIV and STD Prevention by establishing condom distribution sights throughout Sarasota County. CARES Outreach has started a campaign called "C4P3" - Campaign for Prevention. We are contacting area businesses (over 60 have now joined the campaign!) and I would like to know if the community can count on your support in participation. The program is of no cost to your business. CARES Outreach, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health will supply FREE condoms in a discreet counter top canister (opaque for sensitivity) every month or as refills are needed. Handouts and a laminated flyer are available where persons can take the HIV Rapid Test (results in 15 minutes!) and this business is given a Certificate of Appreciation for partnering in the campaign.