The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, is partnering with the Berkshire Medical Center’s State Clinic to offer free, confidential health screenings on a walk-in basis. Beginning Monday, July 10, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, and continuing on the second Monday of each month, clinic staff will perform testing for STD, HIV, and Hepatitis C at the library’s balcony level meeting room. All testing is confidential and notifications and follow-up services will be provided by clinic staff.
Athenaeum Outreach Librarian Alex Geller explains, “This is a logical extension of our hosting a number of wellness programs these last few years, which have included blood pressure screening, yoga, and installments of the Mayor’s Fitness initiative. As everyone knows, a big part of taking care of our health is simply having good information – we can’t address a health concern we don’t know exists – and providing information is and always has been the Athenaeum’s stock-in-trade.”