COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In observance of National HIV Testing Day, the DCS Prevention Program of the Columbus Health Department will be offering free confidential HIV testing and counseling.
The program takes place on Friday, June 26 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will offer the rapid test, which only takes 20 minutes.
The DCS Prevention Program is located on the second floor of the Health and Human Services Building at 2100 Comer Avenue.
National HIV Testing Day is an annual campaign to encourage people who don't know their HIV status to get tested. Early HIV diagnosis is critical. HIV counseling and testing enables people with HIV to take steps to protect their own health and that of their partners. It also helps people who test negative get the information they need to stay uninfected.
More than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and approximately one in five of those are unaware of their infection. According to the CDC, Georgia ranks 5th in the number of HIV diagnoses reported in 2013.
About National HIV Testing Day
Each year, in June, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other national and local entities across the country organizes National HIV Testing Day. This unique initiative sends the message, "Take the Test, Take Control."
For more information, please call (706) 321-6411 or (706) 321-6412.