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A State sponsored HIV testing program gave Albany State University students the opportunity for free testing Tuesday.

The Georgia Department of Community Health and the Black AIDS Institute are touring the state's historically black universities this week to raise awareness about the HIV virus.

They are encouraging young blacks to fight the AIDS stigma, and to be tested.

"African Americans are 13% of the population, with about 49% of the epidemic, on a nationwide scale. So it's very important that we raise the awareness, and get people tested for HIV, so they know their status," said Kenneth Johnson of the Ga. Dept. of Community Health.

The AIDS testing tour will be at Fort Valley State Wednesday, Paine College Thursday, and Morehouse College Friday.