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Free HIV Tests for AIDS Day in Jonesboro
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Free HIV Tests for AIDS Day in Jonesboro

Jonesboro --  (submitted by Joel Hall) In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, the Clayton County Board of Health (CCBOH) Specialty Services Department will host a free HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) Testing Day on Monday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clayton County Board of Health, located at 1117 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236.

Testing services will be offered that day free of charge to anyone who would like to be tested. CCBOH staff will direct participants from the lobby to our Specialty Services Department for confidential testing using the OraQuick method, which delivers results in 20 minutes with a pin prick. Free counseling, consultation, and follow-up testing will be provided for those who test positive. Ryan White Clinic services are offered on site for those who qualify.

HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), continues to plague communities on a global scale. In recent years, African Americans have contracted HIV in higher numbers than whites or other minority groups. 

At the end of 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), blacks accounted for almost half (46 percent) of people living with a diagnosis of HIV infection in 37 states and five US dependent areas with long-term, confidential, name-based HIV reporting. In 2006, blacks accounted for nearly half (45 percent) of new infections in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

While the impact on the Hispanic/Latino community has been less severe, Hispanics/Latinos in 2006 accounted for 17 percent of new HIV infections in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the CDC. In the same year, the rate of new HIV infections among Hispanics/Latinos was 2.5 times that of whites.

The CCBOH encourages metro Atlanta residents to take control of their health and know their HIV status.

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