Free HIV testing offered on World AIDS Day

Free HIV testing offered on World AIDS Day
Updated: Dec. 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - There will be free testing offered at the Columbus Health Department as part of World AIDS Day Thursday.

You can get tested all day at the location on Comer Avenue.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 34 million people have HIV in the U.S., and more than 36 million worldwide. Since 1984, more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS.

The goal of World AIDS Day is to remind the public that the disease has not gone away.

"We hope to increase education, reduce stigma, and reduce barriers to testing," Georgia Health Department's HIV Director Elijah Miranda said. "One of our great challenges is that we want to normalize HIV testing. We want to make it part of someone's visit to the doctor, and that it's something they do as part of their care."

The testing is confidential and the results are available in about 30 minutes.

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