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Colleges offer free HIV tests to commemorate World AIDS Day

Several agencies are collaborating to commemorate World AIDS Day. (Source: WALB) Several agencies are collaborating to commemorate World AIDS Day. (Source: WALB)
The goal is to provide free testing and available resources to young adults in the region. (Source: WALB) The goal is to provide free testing and available resources to young adults in the region. (Source: WALB)
HIV Program Director Elijah Miranda (Source: WALB) HIV Program Director Elijah Miranda (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Colleges in Albany are offering free HIV testing this week, to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. 

The Georgia Department of Public Health's Southwest Health District is collaborating with Albany Area Primary Health Care, ASU, Darton State and Albany Tech. 

The goal is to provide free testing and available resources to young adults in the region. 

Each test is confidential with onsite counseling and prevention information. 

HIV Program Director Elijah Miranda said that he hopes this week will help eliminate the stigma that surrounds HIV. 

"We hope to increase education, reduce stigma and reduce barriers to testing. One of our great challenges is that we want to normalize HIV testing. We want to make it part of someone's visit to the doctor, that it's something they do as part of their care," explained Miranda.

Albany Tech had HIV testing on Tuesday and there will be HIV testing at ASU on Wednesday and at Darton on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

On Saturday, December 3, there will be a Greater than AIDS campaign and Black Church and HIV Social Justice Initiative speaker at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Thomasville at 6 p.m.

Anyone who would like additional information can call (229) 460-5140.

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