HIV testing and flu shots administered at community health fair

The 7th annual Tom Joyner Health Fair offered free dental and blood pressure screenings, cholesterol and HIV tests, and flu shots.

A few hundred came out to Scott High School on Tuesday to receive free health screenings and meet with health professionals at the Tom Joyner Health Fair.

Over 40 health care professionals attended the 7th annual fair put on by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. The community event offered free dental and blood pressure screenings, cholesterol testing, and more.

Students and faculty from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science were on hand to administer flu shots and discuss personalized medication records. UT faculty member Megan Kaun described, "We look for medication records, we look for any interactions or problems and then we give them an action plan to take back to their physician that they may be able to improve their medications."

Professionals from St. Charles Mercy Hospital performed free HIV screenings from a mobile care unit outside the school. The confidential tests were administered by taking an oral saliva sample from patients followed by a series of questions pertaining to sexual health activity. Patients were able to pick up test results later in the day.

Kaun continued, "Primary care is so important for everyone to make sure that they're keeping out of the hospital, which actually keeps health care costs down for the entire community."

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