District 2 Public Health will participate in World Aids Day, offer free HIV testing at all county health departments

District 2 Public Health has announced its participation during World Aids Day.

According to District 2 Public Health’s Public Information Officers Natasha Young, on Thursday, December 1, all District 2 Public Health Departments will provide Free HIV testing.

She says while great work has been done to improve the lives of people living with HIV, more than 32 million people have died worldwide from AIDS-related illness. People with HIV who take HIV medicine as prescribed can achieve an undetectable viral load and live a long and healthy life.

She says several confidential testing options are now available, including rapid HIV tests and at-home test kits.

You can obtain a free and confidential rapid test or pick up an at-home test kit by visiting your county health department.

Mail-order HIV test kits are available through the Georgia Department of Public Health self-testing resource page.

World Aids Day serves as a day of solidarity for people around the world who are affected by HIV.

Young says this year’s theme is “I am a Work of ART,” and the national campaign is designed to encourage people with HIV who are not in care for HIV to seek care, stay in care, and achieve viral suppression by taking antiretroviral therapy.

She says we must stand together in the fight against HIV. Let’s stop HIV together and end the HIV epidemic across the globe.

Again, in recognition of World Aids Day, on December 1, all District 2 Health Departments will be providing HIV testing free for all residents.

For information regarding free HIV testing at the Stephens County Health Department call 706-282-4507.