News: WLKY 020216

More services offered for those affected by HIV

GERMANTOWN, Ky. —Two decades after Volunteers of America began offering services for people with HIV, they're expanding their programs.

The group celebrated on Tuesday with a grand opening on Goss Avenue in Germantown.

The location previously provided HIV testing, but now staff will also be able to help clients with housing and access to a clean needle exchange program.

CEO Jennifer Hancock said each day in Kentucky one new person is diagnosed with HIV.

"So clearly this public health threat remains and it's our opportunity to provide this important service to everyone that needs us," Hancock said.

Last year, Volunteers of America provided testing and support services to 15,000.