Good turnout for HIV testing day in Cole Bay

POSTED: 10/1/12 12:50 PM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Aids Foundation tested 145 citizens for HIV on Saturday at the Charles Leopold Bell School in Cole Bay. In all, 66 women (54 percent) and 79 men (56 percent) used the opportunity for a free HIV-test. The Alzheimer’s Foundation performed 21 memory tests and handed out information about Alzheimer’s.

“We continue to have an excellent turn out with people more and more interested in knowing and maintaining a healthy status. This time we had a larger turn out of first time testers and this fact shows that people are realizing the importance of knowing your status,” Aids Foundation’s President Dr. Gerard van Osch said.

Students of the American University of the Caribbean medical school (AUC), the Charles Leopold Bell School, the Salvation Army and youth group, the Motiance Dance School and Domino’s Pizza provided support for the testing day to the Aids Foundation.


Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever congratulated the Aids Foundation and the Cole Bay community with the great response. “Working along with the Aids Foundation, St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation, AUC, Motiance dance, the school’s administration and the ministry of public health’s HIV/Aids program management team proves that we can synchronize our efforts to better serve the people of St. Maarten,” the minister said.

Information about the next free testing day and other HIV/Aids related information are available on the sxmaidsfoundation page on Facebook.

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