Free testing provided for Nat’l Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Updated: Feb. 7, 2017 at 5:42 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Tuesday, Feb. 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

This year's theme is "I Am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS," which emphasizes the role that everyone can play in HIV prevention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. Of these people, 13 percent did not know they were infected.

"The more people who know their status the better off we will be," said Pam Kirkland with the Columbus Health Department. "If you know your status and you know that you are positive there are steps you can take and medication to help prevent the spread of HIV."

The Columbus Health Department will be providing free HIV testing with no appointment needed on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Health and Human Services Building at 2100 Comer Avenue in Columbus.

Free HIV testing was also available on Tuesday.

For more information about testing, call 706-321-6411.

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