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Get tested and win a free Beats Pill

For the months of May & June, PALSS will give away a free Beats Pill™ by Dre in a drawing among gay, bisexual, same-gender-loving, and men who have sex with men who come into PALSS for a free HIV test. Those tested are entered automatically into the drawing and need not be present to win. Winners will be announced on June 1, June 27 & July 1, 2015. This event is part of PALSS’ Speak Out involvement. Speak Out is a campaign from Greater Than AIDS to engage the LGBTQ community in confronting the silence and stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS. The campaign promotes more open communication in relationships,
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Blue Christmas — 2nd Annual PALSS SC Christmas Fundraiser

Christmas came early at the 2nd annual PALSS SC Christmas fundraiser event, hosted by Blue IntheVista. On Sunday, December 21st bidders gathered for holiday festivities and a chance to bid on a variety of great items that could be that perfect last minute gift. ALL proceeds will go directly to PALSS to support our community initiatives. PALSS friend and DJ Clint was on the wheels of steel spreading yuletide joy with sounds of the season.
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Making Proud Choices!

Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services (PALSS) received funding from the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (year 3) to facilitate Making Proud Choices! intervention with middle school aged youth in the community.   The S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy mission is to improve the health and economic well-being of individuals, communities and the state of South Carolina by preventing teen pregnancy.   In order to achieve its mission, the organization works with public and private schools and community based organizations utilizing many programs to assist our youth.   S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy held an orientation event on September 30, 2014
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Fifth Year of CDC Grant Off To A Great Start

The fifth year of the CDC’s PS10-1003 grant began in July with the ambitious goal recruiting 450 African American Men who have sex with Men (AAMSM) to provide HIV testing. Linkage to Care services would then be provided for those who test positive for HIV. The program is off to a great start and gaining momentum, largely because of wonderful volunteers like Lindsey Sower.  Lindsey has been a part of the PALSS family of volunteers for two years. Lindsey has played a significant role in helping to organize World AIDS Day and Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. He has served
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Building a Successful Team

After several years of volunteering and providing contract services, CTRS is pleased to announce the hiring of Darrell Arthur and Shirley Graham. Both have volunteered and providing contract services at PALSS for several years.  I was introduced to Darrell back in 2005 as facilitator of the EMPACT Project.  During the group Darrell impressed me with his extensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS, group leadership and powerful presentation of the spoken word.  With his natural leadership skills he began assisting with facilitation of the group.  Several years passed where I lost contact with Darrell until January 2013 when Darrell walked in PALSS door
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National HIV Testing Day

Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services (PALSS) wants everyone to know their HIV status now. HIV/AIDS affects everyone in the community directly or indirectly. The numbers in the Palmetto state may surprise you. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control estimates that more than 15,771 people were living with HIV/AIDS as of December 31, 2013. Richland and Charleston counties rank number one and two respectively. On June 24th PALSS, the longest serving AIDS service organization in South Carolina, along with several community partners, participated in National HIV Testing Day 2014. This campaign helps reach millions of Americans at risk
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