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Evansville manager with HIV offers free kits to customers

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

A local business is giving back to the community, throwing their support behind a cause that is very personal for one worker. Amy's Fountain View Market offers FREE HIV kits to all customers.

322, that's the number of people living with HIV/AIDS, just in Vanderburgh County. Amy's Fountain View Market Assistant Manager Jamie Morris was diagnosed with the virus. Market owner Amy and Morris want to do everything within their power, to stop it's spread. 

"For people who use drugs with a pipe, it mitigates the disease like Hepatitis, it also comes with a safer sex kit," said Morris. "These kits have everything you need to clean the needle and prevent emergency and hospital room visits."

They said, handing out free HIV kits is an easy decision when customers are family. 

"They become more than a statistic or a problem or a character trait, they're family. This whole community is family, we look out for each other, we protect each other in the best ways we can."

For Morris, stopping the spread is personal.

"As a person living with HIV, I know about disease, I know about prevention, I made poor choices in my life and that's probably why I'm where I'm at today so I'm trying to help people not make the same mistake I did."

Morris said a few weeks ago, a masked man walked into the store, walked around the aisles, but then took off his mask and told Morris that he was about to rob the store until he saw what was being offered for free.

"He told me he was going to rob me but because we gave those away, he wanted to thank me, and now he comes in every week and fills bags full and gives them to people who need them."

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