COLE BAY: The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA) in collaboration with the St. Maarten Aids Foundation and the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) offered free & confidential HIV testing at the Cole Bay Community Help Desk on Saturday November 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Scores of persons visited the Community Help Desk and took advantage of the opportunity to know their HIV status, which involved a quick health screening and simple finger prick to take blood. The results were provided within 10 minutes or less. Visitors also received free condoms and advice and information on sexual health and practices. The free and confidential HIV testing is one of many initiatives that CDFHA is hosting during the month of December in recognition of World AIDS Day celebrated on December 1, 2021 with the theme “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility“ .