WALB.com (Albany) (12.10.2013)
WALB News 10 recently reported that Dougherty County, Ga., health officials are encouraging increased HIV/AIDS education during the month of December since they believe it is crucial to cutting transmission of the virus. Zanora Sanders of the Dougherty County Health Department said that removing the stigma and providing a comfortable learning environment is important and the earlier individuals are tested, the greater the chance of staying ahead of the virus. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the state recorded more than 46,000 HIV diagnoses last year; approximately half of these individuals were receiving some form of treatment. Those who are interested in testing can call and arrange an appointment with their local health district, which provides free and confidential testing with results in 20 minutes or fewer.