MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The leader of a local AIDS assistance organization says he hopes a recent WSFA 12 News story will raise awareness and knowledge of the illness.
Medical AIDS Outreach, based in Montgomery, has offered assistance to a local church where the pastor admitted to having AIDS and sleeping with women in the congregation while he knew he was infected.
Local AIDS activists say getting testing is crucial, and AIDS is not the death sentence it used to be.
"There is no barrier to people getting medications. Even the poorest of poor consumers, we can get them. But, even after that, staying in care is integral. We can make sure that their life is a long, healthy, good life," said Michael Murphee with Medical Aids Outreach. "And same point of helping them understand how to protect their health and the people around them and that's also important. For us to really help with prevention message to say you know by keeping our consumers healthy, we can educate them on how to keep other people healthy and prevent the spread of the HIV and AIDs diagnosis."
The organization's mission is to ease the burden of those living with HIV. It offers testing and treatment, regardless of a person's ability to pay.
Testing is quick and easy, with just a quick swab of the mouth. Results come back in about 20 minutes, the organization says.
MAO has offices in Montgomery and Dothan.
Testing is offered at MAO's Montgomery location on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Dothan location offers testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and by appointment.
More information is available at www.maoi.org