The Medical School’s Mobile Clinic, concluded its highly successful year by participating in the Cyprus Pride festival on Saturday, 27 May 2023. This event witnessed the collaborative efforts of the Mobile Clinic team, Cy Checkpoint, and the AIDS Solidarity Movement, as they conducted 128 HIV and Syphilis tests.
The Mobile Clinic’s participation in the Cyprus Pride festival marked the culmination of a busy and succesful year of service. Between October 2022 and May 2023, the Mobile Clinic traversed 11 destinations, reaching out to communities in various villages across four districts of Cyprus – Nicosia, Limassol, Paphos, and Famagusta. Among the villages to benefit from the Mobile Clinic’s presence were Farmakas, Lythrodontas, Deryneia, Koilani, Kouklia, Pedoulas, and Episkopi. A total of 163 student volunteers administered 1856 tests, including electrocardiograms, screening of ophthalmic diseases, blood pressure, glucose and body mass index, to 689 patients.
For the Cyprus Pride festival, the 16 student volunteers received prior training in sexual health history taking and effectively applied their communication skills during their interaction with a diverse group of festival-goers. By conducting 128 HIV and Syphilis rapid tests, the Mobile Clinic played a crucial role in promoting awareness, prevention, and early detection of these infections. The collaboration with Cy Checkpoint and the AIDS Solidarity Movement further amplified the positive impact of these efforts.