June 27, 2012 is National HIV Testing Day and The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Early Intervention Services is giving away 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles to promote testing and awareness to reduce stigma around HIV.
Anchorage—At the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), one program out of Clinical and Research Services called HIV/STD Program Services is making a clear statement about how important HIV testing is. For the third year in a row, the program is giving away 25,000 Alaska Airline miles to increase HIV testing and awareness to help combat the issue in Alaska Native communities and statewide.
The contest is open to any Alaskan resident, regardless of ethnicity, who gets a HIV test in the month of June. Individuals can enter to win online through a secure form at www.iknowmine.org or paper entries can be sent to a secure fax.
In the past, winners have been from Dillingham and Anchorage. The program is hoping to see more statewide entries and participation from the state’s rural villages.
Testing all week
The whole week of June 25–29 in Anchorage, AK HIV/STD Program Services will provide walk-in HIV testing at the Internal Medicine clinic at the Southcentral Foundation Primary Care Clinic located at 4320 Diplomacy Drive. This free testing is available to all Alaska Native and American Indian people, along with employee beneficiaries. The Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (907-263-2050 or www.alaskanaids.org) and ANTHC are partnering this year to offer free rapid testing at different locations around Anchorage and the state to increase testing outreach.
To celebrate the day itself in Anchorage, HIV/STD Program Services will host an event in the lobby of the Primary Care Clinic with games, activities, other prizes, and information for youth, adults, and elders! The event is June 27th, 2012 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
The events and grand prize of 25,000 miles is open to anyone in the state of Alaska. Testing verification will be done for the winner of the 25,000 miles drawing by an ANTHC medical staff.
ANTHC was formed in December 1997 to manage statewide health services for Alaska Natives. All Alaska Natives, through their tribal governments and through their regional nonprofit organizations, own the Consortium.
About HIV/STD Program Services
The goal of the HIV/STD Program is to reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and unplanned pregnancy among Alaska Native people through education, outreach, capacity building assistance, provider training and developing effective behavioral interventions for Alaska Native/American Indian youth.