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June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

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More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, but one out of every five of them doesn't know it.  Thursday, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is teaming up with its national partner Greater Than Aids, and health departments around the state to offer free HIV testing to Georgians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says testing is critical to stopping the spread of the disease. A panel of doctors and scientists recently recommended that all Americans between age 15 and 65 get tested for HIV, regardless of their risk of infection. HIV testing would help increase detection and decrease the stigma associated with HIV and being tested, according to the panel. HIV testing during pregnancy also is important because antiviral therapy can improve the mother's health and greatly lower the chance that an HIV-infected pregnant woman will pass HIV to her infant before, during or after birth. 

At the end of 2010, there were 18,535 Georgians living with HIV and 23,451 with AIDS. The state ranks sixth in the nation for the number of AIDS cases reported through the end of 2009.

"Getting Georgians tested and linking HIV-positive patients with treatment is essential to reducing HIV transmission in Georgia," said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. "An HIV-positive person is 96 percent less-likely to pass the virus to others if they're adhering to an appropriate treatment regimen."

 Georgians throughout the state can get free HIV tests at select Walgreens and county health departments, and other Greater Than AIDS partners on Thursday, June 27, and in some cases through the weekend. For more information about National HIV Testing Day and a list of free HIV testing locations, visit www.dph.ga.gov or http://greaterthan.org/

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