On Monday, December 2, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) will provide free, rapid HIV testing & counseling in support of World AIDS Day.  Testing will be offered at the Marietta Public Health Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Marietta Public Health Center is located at 1650 County Services Parkway in Marietta.

According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia ranked sixth in the nation for cumulative HIV/AIDS cases in 2010, with 66 percent of those cases living in the Metro-Atlanta area.

“HIV/AIDS is a major public health concern and is a top priority of CDPH,” commented Priti Kolhe, HIV Program Manager, Cobb & Douglas Public Health.  “We encourage our residents to protect their health and the health of others by getting tested.”

Individuals may be HIV positive for many years without symptoms. According to The National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents website, studies state that almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. This can be up to 10 years after they have become infected with HIV.

This event is open to everyone and no appointments are needed.  All testing results are confidential and are available in 20 minutes.

For more information, contact Cobb & Douglas Public Health at (770) 514-2815 or (770) 514-2452.