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Local organizations promote Nat’l Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

New research shows 50 percent of all new cases of HIV are in the South.

Alabama and Georgia are two of the states hit hardest by AIDS, and some organizations in our area raised awareness on National Gay Men's HIV Awareness Day, which fell on Sept. 27.

The New Horizons M Power Project and CV Pride teamed up to offer free HIV and AIDS testing to anyone Saturday at the CV Pride Center in Columbus. They hope it becomes an annual event.

"It's very vital to know your HIV status because it will benefit you to know sooner than later in life, because you don't want your status to progress to the point where [you have] AIDS as opposed to having HIV," explained Larry Rush with M Power Project.

Rush also says 20 percent of gay men in major cities have HIV and are not aware. Jeremy Hobbs with the Better Way Foundation tells us that the way to combat HIV and AIDS in the South is through education, access to care and linkage to care.

For more information about these organizations, visit the following links:

M Power Project: http://www.mpowercolumbus.org/

CV Pride: http://www.cvpride.org/

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