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GEORGIA: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - 'Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved and Get Treated'




 

Daily Tribune News (Cartersville) (02.04.2014)

The Daily Tribune News recently reported on the AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia’s efforts to promote the February 7 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) initiative’s goal to encourage black Americans to “get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated.” According to Lola Thomas, executive director for the AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia, “There is no question that HIV among the African-American population is really at a crisis level.” CDC statistics from 2010 report that although blacks represent 13 percent of the US population, they account for an estimated 44 percent of HIV-infected individuals 13 and older. NBHAAD is meant to be an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative for black Americans, as testing is critical for the prevention of HIV. Providing services to 10 northwest Georgia counties, the Cartersville-based AIDS Alliance gives free oral HIV tests on a walk-in basis each Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at its office at 1 Friendship Plaza in Cartersville.



 


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