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Free HIV Rapid-Testing Opportunities

 

National HIV Testing Day: Take advantage of free testing 

National HIV Testing Day on Thursday, June 27, highlights not only the importance of HIV testing, but also of emphasizing the steps individuals can take once they know their HIV status.

“With the free, confidential rapid HIV testing that’s now available—along with so many effective medications and treatments—it’s best to find out your status as soon as you can,” said Tito Terry, HIV prevention coordinator for District 4 Public Health. “Whether you’re living with HIV or not, we can help you take charge or your health by linking you with the care and support you need.”

In Georgia, one in every five individuals with HIV doesn’t know they’re positive, Terry said. Georgia ranks in the top five states for the number of people living with HIV (over 60,000 in 2022). In 2022, 2,575 Georgians were newly diagnosed with HIV, including 155 who live in District 4.

District 4  – Free HIV Rapid Testing and Awareness Events
National HIV Testing Day – June 27, 2024

Saturday, June 15
The Coweta County Health Department and District 4 Public Health will offer free HIV rapid testing at E.Y.O. Inc.’s Fifth Annual Juneteenth Celebration from 1 to 6 p.m. at First Avenue Park, 24 1st Avenue, in Newnan. The event also will include live music and entertainment, vendors, cultural exhibitions, and fun games for children.

Thursday, June 27
Walgreens at 115 Vernon Street in LaGrange will offer free confidential HIV rapid tests onsite with no appointment needed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on National HIV Testing Day. The Troup County Health Department, District 4 Public Health, and Greater Than Aids are partnering with Walgreens during the event. Along with the health department, District 4’s HIV Prevention and Epidemiology teams will be on hand to answer questions about HIV prevention and access to treatment options in Georgia.

Thursday, June 27
The Carroll County Health Department will offer a free, confidential HIV rapid testing walk-in clinic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) on National HIV Testing Day. The Carroll County Health Department also offers free, confidential HIV rapid testing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) with no appointment needed.

Saturday, June 29
The Fayette County Health Department will offer free HIV rapid testing at the Fayette County NAACP’s Community Health & Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lafayette Educational Center, 205 Lafayette Ave., Building D, in Fayetteville (behind Arby’s). The event will feature free health screenings, COVID-19 and shingles vaccinations, free samples and demonstrations, swag bags for the first 100 attendees, and door prizes.

First Wednesday of Each Month
Free HIV Rapid Testing Walk-In Clinic – Upson County Health Department
The Upson County Health Department offers free, confidential HIV rapid testing walk-in clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The Upson County Health Department also offers free, confidential HIV rapid testing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment needed.

ONGOING:

Free HIV Rapid Testing: All health departments in District 4 provide free, confidential, rapid HIV testing with a small finger prick, with results ready in 60 seconds after being tested. Health departments in District 4 include those in Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties. HIV tests do not require a prior appointment but for all other needs, please call (800) 847-4262 for an appointment.

Free HIV self-test kits: Free HIV self-test kits also are available at capus.dph.ga.gov/ehe or can be picked up at the Troup or Henry county health departments. HIV self-testing can be done at home, with results available in about 20 minutes.

Free Condoms: Free condoms are available at District 4 county health departments. To receive free condoms by mail, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/GWJZSHC.

For more information on HIV prevention, testing, and care, contact Tito Terry or Ana Soder at District 4 Public Health at (706) 845-4035.

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