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MBK South Provides FREE Health Screenings with Coastal Businesses This Week

MBK South Provides FREE Health Screenings with Coastal Businesses This Week

MBK South Provides FREE Health Screenings with Coastal Businesses This Week


Partnering with community businesses in Gulfport and Biloxi amplifies the need for accessible wellness opportunities in the middle of a global pandemic.

Gulf Coast – Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. have HIV with nearly 13 percent of them not knowing it and needing testing. Specifically, a recent study found that screening for STIs dropped significantly during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020 leaving approximately 28,000 (26.4%) chlamydia and approximately 6,000 (16.5%) gonorrhea cases potentially missed from March through June 2020.

Additionally, scientists are warning that the recent expiration of COVID-19 restrictions could lead to people foregoing social distancing and making up for lost connections and subsequently lead to a boom in sexually transmitted infections.

To combat this national trend, MBK South will be providing free health screenings – including STI and HIV screenings – at no cost out of pocket this week at the following locations:

Gulf Coast CDC CLIMB Community Enrichment Center

Tuesday, July 20 ⋅ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

5001 Old Pass Rd, Gulfport, MS 39501

Gulf Coast Pine Belt Mental Health Cross Road Recovery Center

Wednesday, July 21⋅ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

15094 County Barn Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503

MS Gulf Coast New Season Treatment Center

Thursday, July 22 ⋅ 6:00  am – 1:00 pm

1989 Pass Rd, Biloxi, MS 39531

Gulf Coast Back Bay Mission

Friday, July 23 ⋅ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

1012 Division St, Biloxi, MS 39530

The Becoming a Healthier U Health screening program provides a comprehensive health scan that includes blood pressure, body mass index (weight), cholesterol, glucose, STIs including HIV, Hepatitis B and C at no cost to the participants. As communities prepare for what may  another wave of COVID – 19 impact, advocates hope that Gulf Coast communities take advantage of this opportunity to know their health status in order to better equip families to protect their wellness.

“Health isn’t something we need to think about when we are feeling sick,” shared MBK South Director Joseph Lindsey. “We get screened to avoid illness, if we can, by doing what we can to prevent illness. That starts with health screenings.”


Source: My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.

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