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June 23, 2006

Thomasville-  At risk individuals were encouraged to be tested for HIV in Thomasville. Friday, the Thomasville Public Health Department hosted an HIV Testing Day. Residents were encouraged to stop at the corner of Fletcher and Fern and get tested. The oral test only takes 20 minutes.

"HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence in today's society like it use to be 25 years ago. There's a lot of medical breakthroughs that have happened with medicines and people are living longer with HIV," said AnnMarie Mesick,LPN, Public Health Department.

National HIV Testing Day is Tuesday. Anyone can be tested for free by contacting your local Public Health Department. Test results usually take about three days.

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