Free HIV test on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

poster showing a black family and announcing National Black HIV AIDS Awareness DayGraphic courtesy of the CDC

Free HIV testing will be offered on February 8 by Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 8), The testing will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Marietta Public Health Center – Building B, 1738 County Services Parkway.

HIV testing and in-depth discussion

The evening will include an in-depth round-table conversation about HIV/AIDS. There will also be a discussion on the topics of proper care, prevention, and lifestyle maintenance.

“We see a lot of misconceptions and stigma surrounding HIV in the Metro-Atlanta area, and our goal is to ensure that the community receives the appropriate education and the opportunity to be tested and receive proper care,” said Karrie Pate, CDPH HIV Prevention Program Manager in a news release about the event.

For more information about this free HIV testing event, call 770-514-2815.

What is Cobb & Douglas Public Health?

According to their website:

Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community. since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.

What is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?

According to the CDC’s web page on the event:

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on February 7th to emphasize the continuing disproportionate impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on the U.S. black/African American population.

This year’s NBHAAD theme, “Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma”, highlights the messages of the Act Against AIDS, Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign.  Let’s Stop HIV Together raises awareness that we all have a role to play in stopping HIV stigma.  Partners and organizations can use the “Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma” theme as an anchor phrase to highlight ways to reduce HIV stigma within the black community.

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Larry Felton Johnson
Larry Felton Johnson is the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier. He holds a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and enjoys exploring the county's trail and greenway network when he isn't covering county government meetings and court proceedings.

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