Representatives from Albany Primary Healthcare presented to the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County Monday and mentioned one in 99 people will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.
The manager of the Ryan White HIV-AIDS program, Jocelyn Cooper, led the program at the meeting. Cooper opened up discussion about the stigma behind HIV. Georgia is ranked fifth nationally for people living with the disease.
Albany Primary Health Care offers free and confidential HIV testing daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. People are encouraged to be tested every three to six months, even if married.
For us, that number significantly increases from one in ninety nine to one in fifty one, so you’re risk gets higher if you are a resident of Georgia, Cooper said.
Because of confidentiality, people travel from all over the nation to Albany Primary Health Care for treatment and testing. HIV is not a disease routinely tested for, so in order to get tested one must ask a doctor for more information.