Lowcountry gets grant

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Lowcountry AIDS Services (LAS) received a grant of $9,412 from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing South Carolina that will be used to provide free hepatitis C testing to low-income and uninsured tri-county residents at the LAS office in North Charleston.

With an estimated 2.7 to 3.9 million people in the U.S. with chronic hepatitis C, LAS had identified free hepatitis C testing as an important public health service.

“As many risk factors for HIV are also risk factors for hepatitis C, the addition of this free testing will greatly enhance the scope of health screenings we complete through our HIV/STI prevention program,” said Brad Childs, executive director at LAS. “We never want people to forego important health screenings because of the cost. Our organization is committed to providing our community with accessible health information and we are grateful to Boeing and their generous teammates for giving us the opportunity to expand our testing program.”

The organization’s goal is to provide 400 individuals with free hepatitis C testing with the financial resources made available from the grant’s funds. This is important since testing is costly and primary physicians do not regularly administer them unless someone presents with acute symptoms. Most who have it do not show symptoms. Testing helps get an individual the care one needs before liver damage takes it toll.

Office hours for testing are from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at 3547 Meeting Street Rd. Free HIV testing is also available during these times as well.

info: aids-services.com.

Picnic ushers in fall season

INMAN, S.C. — The Out & About Upstate Meet-Up group will hold its first-ever fall potluck picnic on Oct. 28, 1 p.m., at Lake Cooley Park, Shelter #2, 100 Cooley Dock Rd.

Participants are asked to bring a dish to share, beverages, lawn chairs, games, frisbees, etc. Paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils will be provided.

To attend, RSVP online at bit.ly/2xIHu49. A sign-up sheet is also available at bit.ly/2gezSAc via laptop computer. If access to a computer is unavailable, email the group’s organizer at the Meet-Up site.

info: bit.ly/2xIHu49.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.