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Midstate health district offering free services on National HIV Testing Day

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MACON, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is recognizing National HIV Testing Day on June 27 by offering a mini health fair at 180 Emery Hwy. in Macon from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The North Central Health District (NCHD) will be offering free HIV testing, blood pressure checks and health assessments as well as entertainment, refreshments, prizes and giveaways.

“Early detection is a necessity for effective treatment of HIV,” said Dale Wrigley, Director of HOPE Center. “The sooner the illness can be identified, the sooner a person can begin receiving treatment, medication and support. National HIV Testing Day is a great opportunity for community members to get tested and learn their individual status.”

The health fair is supported by First Choice Primary Care and the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS).

“HOPE Center provides clients with comprehensive support,” said Wrigley. “We want this event to reflect that commitment by working with our community partners to provide a variety of health services at no cost to everyone that visits the health fair.”

Those living in the NCHD who can't go to the health fair can visit their local county health department on June 27. Each of NCHD’s 13 county health departments will be participating in National HIV Testing Day by offering free HIV testing during business hours. To find your nearest health department, visit NCHD52.org/Locations.

NCHD’s district staff are also partnering with Walgreens to provide an additional testing site at the pharmacy located at 1280 Gray Hwy., Macon, GA 31211. Free HIV testing will be available at this Walgreens location on June 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

For more information about NCHD’s HIV and STD services, visit NCHD52.org/STD.

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