Cobb and Douglas Public Health staff will offer free rapid HIV testing and counseling Monday, Dec. 1, in support of World Aids Day. Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marietta Public Health Center, 1650 County Services Parkway, Marietta, and the Douglasville Public Health Center, 6770 Selman Drive, Douglasville. The event is open to everyone and no appointments are needed. All testing results are confidential and are available in 20 minutes.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia ranked fifth in the nation for cumulative HIV/AIDS cases in 2012, with 64 percent of those cases living in the metro Atlanta area. People may be HIV positive for many years without symptoms. Studies state that almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. This can be up to 10 years after they become infected with HIV.
For more information, contact the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Epidemiology Department at 770-514-2815 or 770-514-2432.