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VIPA Issues Advisory to Drivers Using CEKA Airport Road

Motorists are advised to exercise caution when traversing the Cyril E. King Airport Road due to ongoing road repairs.

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

 
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Beach Advisory for January 17-20

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

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2017-01-20 20:20:22
St. Thomas Starring in Upcoming HGTV Show

Two upcoming January episodes of the popular HGTV series “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” are expected to feature St. Thomas and several local professionals.

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2017-01-20 18:28:46
Democatic Party State Chairwoman Calls for Senator Elect to be Seated in Legislature

The Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands is concerned that more than one week after the 32nd Legislature has been sworn in, the seventh St. Thomas seat remains vacant.

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2017-01-20 17:42:32
Health-Fitness — St. Thomas
FREE HIV SERVICES AND TESTING AVAILABLE IN THE V.I.

There are now two HIV Care Centers in the Virgin Islands. On St. Thomas, the HIV Care Center is located in the John Moorhead Health Complex, behind Lionel Roberts Stadium. On St. Croix, the newest HIV Care Center has opened in the Frederiksted Clinic. Services are available at these Care Centers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
After a hiatus of service, HIV testing is now available again. Counseling and testing services are available on both St. Thomas and St. Croix at the HIV Care Centers. In addition, HIV counseling and testing is available on St. John at the Myrah Keating-Smith Clinic every other Wednesday. HIV testing is provided free of charge for those who cannot otherwise afford it. Persons who are at risk of HIV infection are encouraged to call or visit the HIV Care Centers for information and advice.
In addition to the HIV screening tests, many of the expensive laboratory tests needed for the routine care of persons living with HIV infection and AIDS are now also available through the HIV Care Centers. This includes the HIV viral load and the CD4 cell count tests. Again, these tests are available free of charge for persons who cannot otherwise afford them.
Finally, through a partnership including the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development Inc., and Doctors Choice Pharmacy, a full formulary of HIV medications is available for persons living with HIV infection and AIDS. These medications can be accessed through the HIV Care Centers and are provided free of charge for persons who cannot otherwise afford them. Patients already diagnosed with HIV infection or AIDS who are not currently receiving medications are strongly encouraged to contact the HIV Care Centers.
In addition to these services, the HIV/STD Program will be initiating an aggressive HIV surveillance campaign throughout the territory. Although law requires the reporting of communicable diseases to the Department of Health, compliance with this statute has been less than optimal. In the upcoming months, physicians and laboratories will be encouraged to participate in this HIV surveillance system.

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By being able to accurately document the numbers of HIV and AIDS cases in the Territory, we can demonstrate the need for continued federal support that allows the territory to provide the services mentioned above. This data also helps the Health Department target prevention efforts towards groups found to be at high risk of becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment please call the HIV Care Centers: St. Thomas 774-3168 and St. Croix 772-9501. For information on the availability of services on St. John, call 693-8900.

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