World AIDS Day, December 1st
Rock the Ribbon! Know your HIV status.
An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States had HIV at the end of 2015, the most recent year for which this information is available. Of those people, about 15%, or 1 in 7, did not know they were infected. Seven in ten people at high risk for HIV who saw a healthcare provider during last year were not tested.
World AIDS Day reminds us that HIV has not gone away:
- In 2016, young people, aged 13 to 24, accounted for 21% of all new HIV diagnoses.
- Young gay and bisexual men accounted for 81% of these new HIV diagnoses,
- Young African American and Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men were especially affected.
World AIDS Day unites everyone in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with HIV, and to remember the people who have died.
The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. The CDC recommends that all people, aged 13 to 64, be tested at least once as part of their routine care. Knowing your status empowers you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV. Advances have been made in HIV treatment and prevention, but people still need education about how to protect themselves and others.
The Columbus Health Department and the Sumter County Health Department will be offering free HIV testing and condoms. Testing is easy, confidential, and results are available in about 15 minutes. The locations are:
DCS Prevention Services at Columbus Health Department – 706-321-6411
2100 Comer Avenue – 2nd Floor
Columbus, Georgia 31904
Friday, November 30th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm/1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Monday, December 3rd from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm/1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
DCS Clinic at Sumter County Health Department – 229-924-3637
1601 North Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Americus, Georgia 31719
Friday, November 30th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday, December 3rd from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm/1:30 pm- 4:30 pm