12:10 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Sedgwick County Offers Free HIV Testing For National HIV Testing Day

The Sedgwick County Health Department plans to offer free HIV tests this week as part of National HIV Testing Day.

The procedures will be offered Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the department’s main clinic in Wichita.

National HIV Testing Day began in 1995 to promote testing and early diagnosis.

The health department says more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, with about one in five unaware of being infected. The agency says people in treatment have a 96 percent reduction in transmission rates.

5:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Top Morning News 4.5.13

House legalizes switchblades; Kan. Department of Ag moving to Manhattan; Bill with HIV quarantine concerns is advancing.

House Passes Bill Legalizing Switchblades

A bill making it legal to own switchblades and stiletto-type knives is awaiting for Gov. Sam Brownback's signature.

The Kansas House passed the measure 95-26 on Thursday, a day after the measure cleared the Senate.

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2013 Legislative Session
4:42 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bill Raising HIV Quarantine Concerns Advancing

Lawmakers could soon take a final vote on a controversial bill updating the state's laws for testing people who may have been exposed to some contagious diseases.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Officials Address Concerns About Quarantining People With HIV

State health officials are working to quiet concerns that a bill would allow for the quarantine of people with HIV.

The bill is aimed at protecting emergency responders, making it easier to test an accident victim's blood to test for HIV or other infectious diseases. But, some were concerned that the bill removed long standing protections for persons with HIV/AIDS, and might open the door for them to be quarantined.

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5:23 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Top Morning News 4.2.13

Kansas House and Senate moving toward income tax deal; Union paycheck bill signed by governor; Kansas economy slipped slightly in March.

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in income tax plans.


Union Paycheck Deduction Bill Signed Into Law

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2013 Legislative Session
7:14 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Bill Would Allow Quarantine Of Kansans With HIV/AIDS (UPDATED)

Updated March 29, 2:29 p.m.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent a news release Friday to address concerns about the substitute in House bill 2183 regarding infectious and contagious diseases.

In the release, Kansas state epidemiologist Charles Hunt says recent media coverage has been based on a false premise and that "it is not and never was the state's intent to seek the authority for isolation or quarantine of persons related to HIV."

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1:08 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Kansas Health Department Cuts Most Free HIV Testing

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has stopped providing free HIV/AIDS testing for most Kansas counties.

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6:06 am
Wed July 25, 2012

New National Policy On HIV Cuts Funds To Kansas

As part of national HIV awareness month in July Morning Edition has been looking at the state of the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

This morning we hear about how a recent change in public policy intended to reform HIV care will deplete services in Kansas and many other mid-western states.

Two years ago the Obama Administration released the nation’s first ever strategy to combat HIV and AIDS.

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2:09 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Area Clinics Offer Free HIV Tests On National HIV Testing Day

An HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon.
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June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and two sites in Wichita will be offering free screenings along with extra goodies for anyone who gets tested.

While free HIV screenings are available at various sites across the county any day, KU School of Medicine Wichita and Hunter Health Clinic will be offering a little extra incentive on National HIV Testing Day.

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World AIDS Day
5:03 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Living With HIV In Wichita

Thursday is World AIDS Day and this year marks 30 years of the global fight against the disease. This morning we complete a week-long series featuring the voices of Kansans who research, treat, fight and educate others about HIV and AIDS.  Today we hear from Dawn, a wife and mother living with the disease who found out she was pregnant and HIV positive on the same day.  There is an event to acknowledge the local and national history of HIV, celebrate the advances in care, and remember those who have been lost, Thursday evening beginning at 6:30.