(WTVM) - Activists in Columbus are asking women and girls throughout the Chattahoochee Valley to get tested for HIV.
Monday March 10 is National HIV and AIDS Awareness Day for women and girls.
Juanita Hubbard from Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation has been living with illness herself for 22 years.
"I got it from a loved one," said Hubbard. "Back in the 90s, it was an epidemic. As if no one wanted to treat you like a person anymore. They treated you as if you were nothing. So you were afraid. You were afraid to let anyone know that you were even HIV positive."
According to the Center of Disease Control and prevention, the most common way people get HIV is through sex or sharing needles with those who are HIV infected.
Testing is recommended for everyone 13 to 64 years old.