AID Atlanta says it’s time to get tested

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The launch this week of an interactive map that shows HIV rates by county came in advance of National HIV Testing Day on Saturday. And with portions of metro Atlanta a leader in HIV infections, AID Atlanta is offering a way to combat the disease: free testing in a handful of locations.

On Saturday, as part of AID Atlanta’s National HIV Testing Day efforts, free tests are available at two locations — the HIgher Living Community Impact Center in Jonesboro and the Latin American Association on Buford HIghway. AID Atlatna is also offering free testing today until 6 p.m. at its office on Peachtree Street.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week took an interesting look at the region’s high HIV rates and efforts to combat them:

Neena Smith-Bankhead, director of education and volunteer services at AID Atlanta, said “The testing is free, and we are trying to make ourselves accessible to the community.”

Smith-Bankhead said she has seen an increased interest in HIV testing, but there’s more to do.

“People are finally starting to heed the call and go out and get tested,” she said. “But … some of the people at highest risk still aren’t coming out to get tested.”

According to Smith-Bankhead, some of the hard-to-reach populations include African-American women and young adults.

For other locations offering HIV tests, visit www.hivtest.org, enter your zip code and find a location near you.

Test locations on Saturday:

HIgher Impact Living Community Impact Center
2450 Mt. Zion Parkway
Suite 400
Jonesboro, GA 30236
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Latin American Association
2750 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30324
10 a.m. to 2 p.m

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