COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Monday is National HIV Testing Day as free testing will be offered in Georgia and Alabama to raise awareness about the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 years old get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care.
The CDC says more than 90% of new HIV infections in the United States could be prevented by testing and diagnosing people living with HIV and making sure they receive early, ongoing treatment.
Approximately 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and one in eight people don't know they have it. Nearly 45,000 people find out they have HIV every year.
National HIV Testing Day is a day to get the facts, get tested and get involved at local health departments in the Chattahoochee Valley.
Free testing locations:
- Columbus Health Department - 2100 Comer Avenue, Columbus, GA - 9:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
- Russell County Health Department - 1850 Crawford Road, Phenix City, AL - 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.