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Columbus organizations offer free testing to fight HIV

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Columbus Health Department and the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation offered free HIV testing Friday, June 27, for National HIV Testing Day.

"We've got to do everything that we can to battle the epidemic," says Jeremy Hobbs, Founder of Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation (CVBWF). "In 2012, right here in Columbus Georgia, a hundred and one people tested positive. Of that 101, 29 had stage 3 AIDS. so we're trying to do everything that we can to lower that number."

In 2011, Georgia ranked as the fifth highest state for people diagnosed with HIV.

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Hobbs says the CVBWF tested over 200 people at their 2014 National HIV Testing Day event. They also offers HIV testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their offices located at 4411 Rosemont Dr. in Columbus. 

"Remember the CDC recommends every person, every age, every gender, every sexual orientation, every race get tested once a year," He says.

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