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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
GEORGIA: HIV Testing a Key Element of World AIDS Day Observance
Marie Nesmith
November 29, 2012
The Daily Tribune News (Cartersville) (11.29.12)

The AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia will join with St. Luke A.M.E. Church in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1 to stress the importance of HIV testing and celebrate advances in treatment. Free HIV testing will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. along with a 6 p.m. worship service at the church, which is located at 130 Jones Street in Cartersville. The Executive Director for the AIDS Alliance, Lola Thomas, commented, “World AIDS Day is a day set aside to focus on issues related to HIV and AIDS. It’s a combination of remembering lives that have been lost … but it’s also a day to be looking forward in terms of the future and envisioning a time when we no longer have HIV infection and AIDS.” Thomas stressed the importance of testing in the prevention of HIV, pointing out that it ties into the theme of this year’s World AIDS Day “Getting to Zero,” meaning zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths. In existence since 1992, the AIDS Alliance assists HIV/AIDS clients in 10 northwest Georgia counties through offering HIV/AIDS education and prevention and other services such as a housing program and transportation for clients to their healthcare provider appointments. At its office at 1 Friendship Plaza in Cartersville, the nonprofit organization offers free oral HIV tests each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information on the AIDS Alliance’s services or the World AIDS Day observance on December 1, call (770) 606-0953.