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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

In recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Southwest Health District is hosting "Naturally Tested" tomorrow only at Albany State University's HYPER Gymnasium, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Activities at the free event include a Zumba presentation, shopping, natural hair care, the opportunity to meet the Natural Girls Rock Team, and Season 5 Ambassador Pilar Donald, and free confidential HIV testing for the first 100 participants.

One of the highlights of the day will be the Walk on the Wild Side Natural Hair Battle Contest at 3 p.m. Winners will receive cash prizes.

The event is important because raising awareness about HIV/AIDS among college-age women and girls, especially African Americans who are disproportionally affected by HIV/AIDS, is essential. 

Women and adolescent girls make up about one in four of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in America. Three-fourths of the infections were from sex with men, and the rest were from injection drug use.

African-American and Hispanic women are more affected by HIV at all stages of the disease than white women. "Naturally Tested" is co-sponsored by ASU Student Health Services.

Confidential HIV/AIDS services and information are available at Southwest Health District's 14 county health departments. Information is also available at www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org and www.cdc.gov .