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    CareSouth offers gift cards, Uber coupons to residents who get tested on National HIV Testing Day, June 27

    CareSouth Medical and Dental is offering $25 gift cards and $25 Uber Coupons to encourage residents to get tested as part of National HIV Testing Day on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

    The Baton Rouge clinic will be offering free HIV testing at 3140 Florida Boulevard. The testing will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The first 25 people to get tested will receive the gift card and Uber coupon.  No appointment needed.  Walk ups are welcome.

    Nationally, Louisiana has the fifth highest rate of AIDS cases. African Americans, especially Black women, are most at risk, accounting for the majority of newly diagnosed HIV and AIDS cases.

    “Testing is the only way to know your status so we want to encourage everyone to take control of their health to help make our community better,” said CareSouth CEO Matthew Valliere.

    The testing will include a confidential finger prick blood test and pre-counseling and post counseling. Results are available immediately.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV and 14 percent don’t know they have it. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care. People at higher risk should get tested more often.



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    COVID-19 drive-thru site to test anyone 12 years old and up with or without symptoms

    CareSouth Medical and Dental Center has opened three COVID-19 drive-thru community testing sites in Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, and Plaquemine. Testing is available for anyone 12 years old and up who wants to take the test with or without symptoms.
    A doctor’s order is not required, but all participants must register in order to get the test. Register by calling (225) 650-2000 or going online at caresouth.org.
    There is no out-of-pocket expense for the test. If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed. If you don’t have insurance, CareSouth will cover the cost. You will need to bring your insurance card and picture ID. This is a partnership with CareSouth, Louisiana Healthcare Connections, and Quest Diagnostics.

    The testing is part of an initiative to increase testing in underserved communities in Louisiana by working with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) like CareSouth.  Louisiana is one of 10 states participating in the initiative. CareSouth is one of only two participating organizations in Louisiana.

    “We’re excited to be a part of this great partnership to expand COVID-19 testing in the underserved communities that we serve,” said CareSouth CEO Matthew Valliere.  “It will also help us provide testing to the most vulnerable, high risk populations.”

    Testing times/locations:
    Baton Rouge, 3140 Florida St.
    Starting May 14, 2020
    Monday through Friday  9 a.m. to noon

    You must enter the clinic parking lot off of Convention Street:
    Donaldsonville, 904 Catalpa St.
    Starting May 20, 2020
    Monday 3 to 5 p.m.
    Wednesday  8 a.m. to noon

    Plaquemine, 59340 River West Drive
    Starting May 21, 2020
    Tuesdays 3 to 5 p.m
    Thursdays  8 a.m. to noon

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    CareSouth Pharmacy offering free prescription delivery service

    CareSouth Pharmacy offers free prescription delivery for all CareSouth Medical and Dental patients, which is especially important during COVID-19.

    “This is a service that we’ve been providing since we opened the pharmacy in July 2019, but now with COVID-19 it’s getting even more popular,” said CEO Matthew Valliere. “We deliver to Houma, LaPlace and all over the area. We’re happy to provide this service which is not only convenient for our patients, but also helps protect our patients and staff.”

    “Everybody wants delivery these days,” said CareSouth pharmacist Dwight Thibodeaux. “Our patients just love being home and getting their meds.”

    Patients can get their medications delivered to their homes within a 40-mile radius of CareSouth locations in Baton Rouge, Zachary, Plaquemine, and Donaldsonville. The CareSouth Pharmacy is located in Zachary at 4852 Highway 19 and also offers curbside service.

    The pharmacy provides prescriptions at nominal prices as part of the 340B Drug Discount program. The federal program allows Federally Qualified Health Centers like CareSouth and other eligible providers that serve low-income and Medicaid populations to purchase outpatient drugs from manufacturers at a significant discount which is passed on to patients.

    For more information, call (225) 478-9030 or visit caresouth.org.

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    HIV specialist, Dr. Walter Campbell, returns to CareSouth

     Dr. Walter Lee Campbell has returned to CareSouth Medical and Dental as its infectious disease physician in the Ryan White Department. He will be working at the Baton Rouge clinic, 3140 Florida Blvd., every Monday and Tuesday.

     Campbell has been treating HIV since 1988 and began working at CareSouth in 2011   took a personal leave of absence last year.

    “We’re so glad Dr. Campbell is back with us,” said CareSouth CEO Matthew Valliere. “He’s a great doctor with a wealth of experience in HIV testing and treatment.”

    “I missed the patients and the patients missed me,” said Campbell.  “It’s good to be back and be a part of the CareSouth team again.”

    Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida A&M University and a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine. A military veteran,  he served in the U.S. Navy as a Medical Officer Lieutenant Commander and Hospital Corpsman Second Class

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