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  • Medical Assistants at Remington College in Columbia, South Carolina host HIV Information Event

    Representatives from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) were on hand on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, to offer free HIV five-minute tests for all interested parties as part of "HIV Education and Awareness Day" at Remington College - Columbia Campus. The event was coordinated by Medical Assisting Lead Instructor Catherine Hayes-Savage.

    The testing period ran from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., with DHEC performing a total of 220 five-minute tests, called "rapid tests." This number surpassed the prior two HIV test-day totals of 205 and 213.

    In addition to the testing, students and staff members also participated in an HIV awareness class taught by Mark Sellers.

    "Mark is one of our psychology teachers in the evening classes who also works with the University of South Carolina HIV Resource and Education Department during the day," noted Ms. Hayes-Savage.

    She added, "He taught an amazing HIV awareness class, with sessions running throughout the day and into the night to ensure that all students and interested persons were able to attend his class."

    Ms. Hayes-Savage summed up the day's events and participants' reactions: "The entire day was a great success. The feedback we got was positive, and our students were happy to be able to have this testing on Campus. We had quite a number of people who had their first HIV test ever and were happy and relieved to have done it. Thanks to Toby Hayes for allowing us this opportunity to bring such a wonderful and informative event to our Campus."