Yanceyville, NC, January 6, 2017– Caswell Family Medical Center (CFMC) is proud to accept a Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund Grant awarded by the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. The Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund is to enrich the lives of individuals and families who have been affected by HIV and AIDS.
“The Community Foundation of the Dan River region is to be commended for their forward thinking and support of activities in Caswell for the people of Caswell. CFMC is proud to be a part of expanding access to services that will be provided locally.”
– William Crumpton, CEO, Caswell Family Medical Center
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region provided CFMC with the Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund to increase access to free and confidential walk-in testing at least once per month in Caswell County.
CFMC, in partnership with Alamance Cares, will now be able to hold quarterly stakeholder meetings for the Caswell community at large with special interest toward identifying resources for the individuals who have either tested positive for HIV/AIDS or who are at high risk of contracting the disease. The two groups, and other partners like the Caswell County Health Department, will also work to ensure community access to free and confidential walk-in testing at least once per month at sites to be determined in Caswell County.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes HIV as a virus, spread through body fluids, affects specific cells of the immune system. HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight infections, which can result in AIDS. The CDC notes that the later someone is diagnosed, the higher the chances he or she develops AIDS. In 2012, more than 13,000 people in the US died from AIDS.
Individuals interested in learning more about HIV and/or AIDS, should visit www.aids.gov.
HIV in Caswell County
According to the 2015 North Carolina HIV/STD Surveillance Report published by the Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, there were 60 people living in Caswell County with a diagnosis of HIV. The three-year average rate for new HIV diagnosis in Caswell for the period between 2013 and 2015 is 7.2. This number indicates a decline in the number of new cases when compared to the 5-year (2011 – 2015) average of new cases, which was 13.1.
A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that, nationally, “one in eight American’s with HIV do not realize they are infected, and those people account for nearly one-third of HIV transmissions in the United States”.
“Offering free and confidential testing in Caswell County will allow more individuals to know their HIV status, which is critical to addressing their long-term health care needs. The Caswell County Health Department is excited to be a part of this collaborative initiative.”
– Dolly Huffman Clayton, Health Director, Caswell County Health Department
Join in to Make a Difference!
“We are excited to continue our work in Caswell County in providing free and confidential rapid HIV testing. We would like for as many community members as possible to learn their HIV status, while becoming more knowledgeable about STIs in general. We also feel that this is a great opportunity for our agency to learn more about the Caswell County Community as they learn about us.”
– Jason Greene, Program Director, Alamance Cares
Stay Up To Date
To stay up to date on the latest activity concerning this project, please visit www.caswellmedical.org, and select “Services”, then “HIV Services in Caswell”.
Caswell Family Medical Center is committed to a vision of excellence and proudly serves Caswell County, NC and surrounding communities with compassionate, patient-centered healthcare since 1978. CFMC is a not-for-profit organization guided by a dedicated board of directors representing the communities CFMC serves.