An HIV Ministry in Knoxville, TN
Our church should be a beacon of light and hope for anyone who suffers from or has family or friends who suffer from this disease.
Tennessee Department of Health Issues Public Health Advisory for Hepatitis C
Today the Tennessee Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory concerning Hepatitis C. Please click here to read the Press Release. All Tennesseans must be concerned when, according to the Commissioner of Health, “In addition to reported cases of acute Hepatitis C it is estimated that more than 100,000 Tennesseans may be living with chronic Hepatitis C and not know it.”
Samaritan Ministry has been taking a leadership position in Tennessee regarding Hepatitis C. In addition to non-clinical HCV antibody testing since September of 2013, Samaritan Ministry has hosted training and community events to raise awareness about this important threat to public health.
What can you do?
Get tested. If you were born between 1945 and 1965 you are at risk, because tissue and blood donations were not properly screened during these years.
Get tested. If you have used drugs via injection or snorted drugs, you may be at risk.
Get tested. If you have tattoos that were done in a less that sterile environment, you may be at risk.
Pray. Many people faced with HCV infection are voiceless and powerless. They need your prayer so they can address addiction, seek help, and find compassionate and caring people to offer support.
Get involved. Call your state legislator and let them know of your concern. Our community needs the forces of our state government to address this epidemic.
Learn more. Connect with the Tennessee Department of Health using the links in the press release.
If you want a free, confidential, Hepatitis C test, contact Samaritan Ministry at email@example.com.
Samaritan Ministry supports FAITH Coalition Event
The FAITH Coalition is a community group made up of individuals from local agencies, churches and ministries dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in Knoxville. In June, the FAITH Coalition hosted an event called “Lift Every Voice: on Faith, Hope and Facing HIV/AIDS.” Samaritan Ministry is proud to be a part of the FAITH Coalition and sponsor their event.
Marvelyn Brown, author and HIV/AIDS activist shared her inspiring story. Samaritan Ministry worked with the Knox County Health Department to offer free HIV testing to those in attendance.
Here are a few pictures from the event: