By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
YWCA Enid is gearing up to offer HIV testing to emergency shelter clients and the public.
The testing program is in partnership with Oklahoma Department of Health and Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund.
Staff training is complete and YWCA is on the registry of places people can be tested, said Nancy Humphrey, executive director for YWCA Enid.
“We’re going to be offering it to the community,” she said.
Rapid response HIV tests, which provide results in 20 minutes, will be offered to clients in the halfway house and the crisis center, as well as the public at large, Humphrey said. There is no charge for the test.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people develop detectable antibodies to HIV within two to eight weeks after exposure. The average is 25 days. Some people’s immune systems take longer to start producing antibodies, so if a negative test result is obtained less than three months after possible exposure, a follow-up test should be considered.
The test is optional for clients of the halfway house and crisis center, Humphrey said.
YWCA also has installed Nanny cams in the child care rooms so parents can check in on how their child’s day is going.
Humphrey said since the cameras were installed in July, parents have been pleased.
“We were the first in Enid to offer the web-based program,” Humphrey said. “It’s worked — the parents love it.”
Children’s Learning Center serves children 6 weeks to 12 years. Parents who want to use the Nanny cam service pay a fee of $10 per month and are given four codes to access the camera views. Each code allows access for one person. If they need more than four codes, they pay an additional $10.
Humphrey said the program works on smart phones.
Humphrey added she likes the Nanny cams as well.
“I think it holds staff accountable,” Humphrey said. “If there’s ever a problem, we can go back for two weeks and check the cameras.”