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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – December 1st was World Aids Day and North Central Health District locations across Middle Georgia took Monday to continue observing the holiday by giving free screenings.
According to the district’s most recent data, more than 2,000 people across the 13 counties it covers are living with HIV/AIDS.
That’s why spokesman Michael Hokanson says it’s important to know your status.
“That is a significant number in terms of the amount of people and rates. Georgia does see a high number of HIV/AIDS cases related to the rest of the country, which is why it’s so important on days like World Aids Day to continue to boost that message,” he told 41NBC.
The CDC reported 1.1 million people in the United States suffered from HIV/AIDS in 2015.
The North Central Health District says if your partner is in that number, you can protect yourself by making an appointment with them.
They offer a medicine that can help lower your risk of contracting the disease significantly. For more information click here.