Free rapid HIV testing, counseling on Dec. 1

Cobb and Douglas Public Health staff will offer free rapid HIV testing and counseling 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in support of World AIDS Day.

Testing sites will be the Marietta Public Health Center, 1650 County Services Parkway and the Douglasville Public Health Center, 6770 Selman Drive.

No appointments are needed.

All testing results are confidential and available in 20 minutes.

Georgia ranked fifth in the nation for cumulative HIV/AIDS cases in 2012 with 64 percent of those cases living in the metro Atlanta area, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Since people may be HIV positive for many years without symptoms, studies state almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS, which can be up to 10 years after they become infected with HIV.

Information: Cobb and Douglas Public Health Epidemiology Department, 770-514-2815 or 770-514-2432.

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