National HIV Testing Day

Columbus Health Department Hosting Free Testing at Two Locations

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.1 million people have HIV, and one in seven of them don’t know they are infected. Knowing one’s HIV status provides powerful information.

FREE HIV TESTING – Rapid Testing and FREE CONDOMS

Free testing will be available Thursday at the West Central Health District Prevention offices, located at the Columbus Health Department from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and at Walgreen’s, 2510 Wynnton Road, from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.

The Sumter County Health Department, 1601 North Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard in Americus, will also be providing free testing from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

No appointment is needed, and testing is quick, easy, and confidential. Also, learn about HIV risk factors, how often you should be tested if you are at a higher risk of contracting HIV, and how HIV can affect you and those you love.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. And for those at high risk, testing is recommended once a year.

National HIV Testing Day is a day to get the facts, get tested, and encourage others to do the same. Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer—and with a better quality of life—than ever before. HIV testing is the beginning of prevention and care. For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/hivtesting/index.html, or http://www.columbushealth.com Or you can call either of these offices:

Columbus 706-321-6411 Americus 229-931-2514

Courtesy: Pamela Kirkland, Columbus Health Department

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