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Louisiana health department to offer free testing for STDs

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s health department is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases at several parish health units this week.

The testing from Tuesday through Thursday aims to promote awareness about the diseases in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STD Awareness Month.

Free tests will be available Tuesday at parish health units in Houma, Lafayette and Lake Charles. On Wednesday, the testing will be at the Delgado parish health unit in New Orleans and at health units in Baton Rouge and Alexandria. On Thursday, free tests will be at parish health units in Shreveport, Monroe and Hammond.

Screening is for people who are unsure of their STD status. The health department says anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their local parish health unit to schedule a regular appointment time.

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After spending the last few years in television and radio, Tyler Moody comes to to head the sports’ department. An Elysian Fields, Texas and Shreveport native, Tyler has followed sports in the area his entire life. From a young age, his love for pure competition grew year after year. “Moody” attended high school in Shreveport at the athletic powerhouse that is Evangel Christian Academy. He was a starting pitcher and garnered multiple all-state accolades along with a 2009 state championship as an Eagle. He has taken the knowledge gained on the field and applied it to his career in sports. An avid fantasy sports player, Moody has become the go-to guy for fantasy talk and advice in the Ark-La-Tex. Now, he hopes to continue to grow into Shreveport’s go-to for area sports.

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