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Free HIV tests offered Saturday

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – It's a test that can save lives, and you can get it for free. Sunday is national HIV testing day.

The Dougherty County health department will offer free HIV tests Saturday. The test is a simple oral swab. Results are available in just 20 minutes.

Sharonda Barlow said, "The CDC states that one in five people in the United States do not know their status of HIV, so knowing that, it is very important. Testing is very easy, it's confidential and it's just very important that you know your status."

Many people live long, healthy lives after they find out they have HIV thanks to successful medications. The free testing is taking place Saturday at the Health Department on South Slappey from 10 AM until 2 PM.

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